11 August, 2022

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I Am Manjula, Survivor Of A Massacre

By An Anthropologist

This story is told by Manjula to an anthropologist in a series of interviews. The anthropologist wishes to remain anonymous. Pseudonyms are used to protect the safety and privacy of the characters.

Jan 10th- May 17th 2009 in the region of Vanni in Sri Lanka

The air shuddered with the dull boom of artillery fire as it pounded the earth relentlessly. Huddled inside the bunker, I shielded my two year old with my body as he clutched his little teddy bear for comfort.

The heavy bombardment tapered off in the night. Families began to flee into the darkness anticipating the next round of bombings. Hurriedly throwing a few essentials and the teddy bear into a bag, I jostled my way with the baby alongside bicycles, tractors, buses, and people pouring into the main road. I clambered into a bus so crowded that people were almost falling over each other. The bus inched forward, a half-hour journey took five hours in the chaos.

I was fleeing to a relative in Suvenderapuram. My husband, who works away from home, found his way to me the next day. This was to be the beginning of a five month long journey as we fled from place to place, seeking some sanctuary from the relentless bombs.

Dodging bombs in bunkers along the way my husband returned to our home for necessary items such as pots and pans, provisions, a little mattress for our baby and some of our beloved valuables such as a few of my fine saris. “When our money runs out at least we will have our valuables” he said.

In Suvenderapuram, as in other places, our first task was to build a bunker which involved felling trees and sawing logs. Many families shared the labor and the bunker. But the very next day Suvenderapuram came under heavy attack and we had to flee again.

The one road leading out of Suvendarapuram lay between dense shrub jungles with the Sri Lankan army and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (hereafter the LTTE) on either side. My husband felt that my son and I would be safer in a closed, fast moving vehicle. With great difficulty he found a car and a driver. The driver had been a fighter long ago. These old ex-fighters were the only ones who could drive a vehicle under a hail of bullets from snipers. My husband followed the car in his motorbike. Tied to the motorbike were our essentials, including bunker material.

The ex-fighter drove at lightning speed on the empty street. Clutching my son tightly I shut my eyes. Peering out intermittently I saw an overturned motorcycle with many belongings tied to it. The rider was lying dead in a pool of blood. I also saw a tractor loaded with household belongings with the driver lying dead in his seat. We could not stop for any of them. We covered an hour’s journey in fifteen minutes. It had been touch and go all the while.

From the interior of Thevipuram we crossed the river to Iranapalai. Drones flying overhead picked off people who were crossing. These tiny, robot propelled drones are barely visible and are called bees because the only indication of their attack is a humming. We hear a humming and then the attacked fall down, without warning. I panicked as people dropped all around me.

We had started our journey at dawn and it was five in the evening when we reached Iranapalai. Fleeing people had set up tents in every available little space. Tents stretched as far as the eye could see. Everyone lost someone in their family during this time. My cousin’s whole family was killed. Who lived and who died was just a matter of chance.
Most of this month was spent in the bunker. The little children played, fought and cried inside the bunker. It was very hot inside, but safer for them. Maybe because of the heat, or the noxious gas from the bombs, the children began to get boils on their heads and bodies.

In early April an intense battle between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan military forced us to flee again. Our bunker shook so violently with explosions that we were afraid of being buried alive. My terrified two year old son began crying to the God Anjanyar to save us; hearing this from such a little baby, we all started crying.

As the fight subsided we crawled to Irrataivaikkal along a small road sandwiched between the beach and shrub jungle. The trees in this area were burning. The shrapnel of a missile came flying at us, piercing the front tire of our motorbike. As we despaired, a friend stopped to rescue us, taking my son and me on the pillion whilst riding his own motorbike with one foot, propelling with his other foot our motorbike with my husband on it. He was a mechanic and this was the way he towed stalled motorbikes. He also helped us patch the tire.

Once we reached Irrataivaikal we pitched our tent and set about digging a bunker. But since it was close to the beach the ground would fill with water as soon as we dug even to the depth of one foot. Finally we built above ground using palmarah branches and sandbags. We filled fertilizer bags with sand from the beach and dragged it to the bunker area. These fertilizer bags were being sold on the streets. After we had used up all the bags we began to use saris. We could sew four saris to use as one sand bag. After we had exhausted the few daily wear saris we began to use our valuable silks. In the end we even used our kurai saris, the first and finest wedding sari that the husband’s family gives the girl.

Soon heavy bombing forced us to flee to Vellamullivaikkal. After ten days the bombings became very intense. As the shells began to fall closer and closer to our bunker we were forced to flee with just a few essentials in one bag, even abandoning our trusted motorbike.

Cornered by the bombs, along with hundreds of thousands of other fleeing people we inched toward Vattuvahal in the inky darkness of night. There was nowhere else for us to go. As we surged forward slowly, lights attached to parachutes bobbing in the sky illuminated the dense press of fleeing humans. Using these lights, the military began to bomb into the crowds. People fell down wounded or dead all around us. The sound of bombs and the cries of dying people begging for water are imprinted in my mind forever. But no one could stop long enough; the surge forward was a stampede in slow motion.

Exhausted, we spotted a parked tractor with a container, with room for shelter under the container. There were already about seven people asleep there. We asked them to move only to realize close up that they were all dead. One young boy had a blood stained bag wrapped around his shattered leg.

Dawn broke forth, and we dragged ourselves along as the bombing continued. A father walked ahead of us carrying his little child. We were right behind him. Suddenly blood sprang from the forehead of the baby. He gave a little cry and died on his father’s shoulder. A bullet had pierced his forehead, exiting out of the back of his head. It was not possible for the grief stricken father to turn back, or to stop. After this my husband carried our son beneath his heart.

We reached Vattuvahal early that morning. We were filthy, having walked through swamp, mud and also human waste. We heard that the army was allowing people into the government controlled area over the Vattuvahal bridge. People had no other choice but to go into government territory. We could not get close to the bridge because of the dense crowds. We all waited, a wall of humanity, stretching out for as long as the eye could see, around the bridge. Around four in the afternoon, without warning, shells began exploding in the middle of the dense, waiting crowd. A roar of surprise came from the terrified crowd. People fell down in hundreds, dying. People were fleeing with their families, and they were killed as families.

That night there was intense bombing in every direction. The air was filled with sounds of grief. The military had also landed via the sea, and were using loudspeakers to urge the crowd towards the bridge once more. It was still dark when we walked through whizzing bullets and exploding shells. They were also shelling the villages around the bridge, and soon the families who had been sheltering in their bunkers began dragging themselves towards the bridge. Most of them were wounded. A young man with shattered legs was dragging himself on bleeding hands. Someone had placed a pair of slippers on his hands and wrapped a plastic shopping bag around his wounds. The infirm elderly were carried in hammocks made of a bed sheet. Two family members carried each end of the sheet. The army took over the elderly and the heavily wounded at the bridge. Families beat their chests and wailed at this separation. We heard later that the elderly had been delivered to old peoples homes.

The road was strewn with personal items such as slippers, handbags, national identity cards, bank books and birth certificates as if there had been a huge riot or disaster. Dogs and crows were eating body parts strewn on the road. The stench was unbearable.

At eleven that morning on the seventeenth of May 2009, dazed and barely human, we crossed the bridge into government territory, leaving behind our homes and our lives.

The Camp- From May 18th to the end of August

The army ordered the huge crowds coming off the bridge to keep walking through the paddy fields. The ground was uneven and so hot that bare feet blistered on contact. The burning heat brought on a deep hungry thirst, but we had no water. We trudged along for hours with our little boy crying for water. In desperation we begged an army officer for some water, and he shared his own water with us.

We were marched from eleven that morning until six in the evening when the deluge of humanity were crawled to a stop and herded into barbed wire wrapped, animal pen like enclosures inside the paddy field. These were like the compartments of a train, one leading to the other, each about one kilometer long.

The place was seething with human waste. People hunched around in desperate silence and extreme exhaustion since there was no food or water. In the evening an army bowser arrived, but there was such a stampede that the army finally just poured buckets of water on the people. My husband who had fought his way through the crowd came back wet and angry. “We should have died on our land,” he said, “rather than be treated without dignity or respect”. I felt that we had lost everything.

Starving and desperate some began to dig the now soiled paddy fields, but the ground was dry. That night the army brought in about five filthy, fish smelling canoes that seemed to have been dragged off a beach. They filled these with water. There was a stampede. People had no vessels, so they found discarded shopping bags for water. It was dangerous to put your face into the canoes, a little boy died as he bent over to take a sip. The thirsty stampede of people behind him had put too much pressure on his neck. The army brought meal packets, but there were so many people clamoring, and so few parcels that they finally threw these parcels into the crowd.

The next day dawned. Some LTTEers were getting ready to surrender. Laurence Thilager and Yogi were people we knew about. A few blind girls also surrendered. I learnt later that all these people had disappeared. People were led out of these enclosures, men and women separated, sent on different lines, stripped, searched and then bused to Vavuniya. Many families were separated at this time since the women were not allowed to wait for the men. I pretended to breast feed my baby until I saw my husband.

The bus that left on the morning of the 18th arrived at the Omanthai checkpoint at 8pm the next day. The army had distributed a few dry biscuits and water along the road that afternoon, otherwise we would have had no food or water. At the checkpoint an announcement was made ordering those who had been in touch with the LTTE, even for an hour, to stay behind. “Those who attempted to lie would disappear,” the announcer said at the end. Many stayed behind and we continued our journey on another bus at midnight. We were given a packet of noodles, but it was spoiled and had a bad smell.

The bus journey continued on and on for another twelve hours when we began to reach a forested area. Excavating equipment was being used to dig and clear the forest, which was cut and piled around the camp like mountains. We sat in the hot bus for two more hours as the tents were being put up in this barbed wire wrapped place. At two in the afternoon we were ordered off the bus and forced into the tents at gunpoint. My husband, baby and I were driven into a tent with twenty seven other men, women and children. One of the women protested and had a gun pointed at her. We were all silent after that.

There was only standing room for everyone inside. The men went outside to sleep. I laid our towel on the ground and felt bugs and tree roots dig into me. It started to rain and all the men came back in. No one slept that night. Women are protected from men who are strangers in our culture. To be without basic privacy with strange men was shameful to me.
Food was thrown at the people by a travelling vehicle. Only the fittest were able to catch the parcels. We had to walk two kilometers within the camp for the tube well. Since we had no vessels, we collected water in discarded shopping bags and bottles. The water line was so long that it took eight hours for our turn. The lack of water, privacy, and clothes made even basic cleanliness very difficult. The toilet was a foul smelling, human waste filled ditch, over which was laid two metal sheets. It was easy to lose one’s balance on those filthy wet sheets, there were people who fell into the ditch. About a hundred men, women and children used one toilet.I felt that our very humanity under was siege.

My son was getting really ill. We walked two kilometers to the hospital tent, but the doctor was not there that day. However, I met Anjali, the sister of a friend who flung herself at me, weeping that fifteen members of her family, including my friend and her husband had been killed in the bombing. Their two children, aged one and five were bleeding from their ears, injured and lying in a corner of this hospital tent. They were not allowed to go to the Vavuniya hospital for treatment. Surrounded by a large close knit family she had never been alone before, and now she was the only adult survivor. “What will I do, all alone with the two children,” she kept crying to herself.

After a while, NGO’s were allowed in and conditions began to improve a little. However my baby’s health took a turn for the worst. The filthy camp conditions were killing our son. He was wasting away before our eyes, and we feared he might die. I begged, and was given permission to take my son to the Vavuniya hospital. It was now August. “Once we are at the hospital we must escape,” said my husband, “otherwise our son will die”. Only I was permitted to take our son to the hospital. The day I took my son to the hospital and then escaped was the last day I saw my husband. He disappeared in the camp.

Our son would not have survived the rains in the camp. After I escaped the rains began, and I heard that mud, water and sewage seeped into the tents bringing infectious diseases. I am now in a third country. My son sleeps at night with the frayed and battered teddy bear his father had given him when he was a baby. This is all he has left of his father. I try very hard to hold this teddy bear together. What will I do when it falls apart?

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    Being an educated person she has managed to escape. Her husband had to sacrifice his life on behalf of the child. It is a heartrending story how these people have been driven out of their homes and surroundings due to a brutal conflict. Their lives and futures blasted.

    This is the common story of the ordinary tamil, sinhala and muslim people who were caught in this conflict. The conflict itself engineered and prosecuted from air conditioned offices in Colombo, Killinochi and Delhi. The ordinary people, the pawns and cannon fodder for the heavy artillery, MBR’s and Laser guided bombs. Their homes devasted and their lives in ruins.

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      Is not the Boda Bala Sena, the Buddhists, setting the stage for the next massacre?

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        Muslim too ware part of the war but they were not allowed in the air conditioned room. But they were used as middlemen, brokers, translators, interrogators, even collectors of ransom etc. naturally they had to stand in the corridor.

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          Don’t forget the part played by Muslims in the war against LTTE. Remember people like Major Muthalif who went deep behind enemy lines on dangerous missions to kill LTTE leaders as part of LRRP teams. Then to be exposed by ‘Sinhalese’ and killed by LTTE.

          Muslims were actively involved in the war and now karma is coming back to bite them in the backside in the form of BBS.

          I say good riddance.

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            Please do not insult a dead person, Maj.Muthalif who sacrifised his life for the Country.His mission was to expose the LTTE members who were fighting a war against the Srilankan troops.This is fair in war.
            He did not go after Civilians

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    The Blockers of this world will not believe this story or a million more stories unless these stories find fault with the LTTE and praise the armed forces and Sri Lankan authorities. While reading this story, one is reminded of similar horror stories that took place during the Holocaust. The world is slowly waking up to the horrors that were perpetrated on the Tamils. The truth can never be hidden.

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      SEEMAN

      The arrested persons all from Chennai are N Saravana Prakash, 29, from ayiram Vilakku, L Prabhakaran , 24, from Kothavalchavadi and M Srinivasan, 33, from Thiruvallikerni. They are all members of the Naam Thamizhar Katchi (We Tamil Party). The party is led by Sebastian Seemon who now calls himself Senthamizhan seeman. He is currently in Geneva, Switzerland to engage in anti-Sri Lanka lobbying.

      Seeman a film director cum actor has been obnoxiously racist. He was detained in Tamil Nadu for many months for publicly threatening to kill Sinhalese in India as retaliation for Tamil Nadu fishermen being killed. He was deported from Canada some time ago for making racist remarks threatening the lives of Sinhala persons. Recently Seeman was denied entry to the USA and turned back at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York .Seeman’s movement has a leaping tiger as its symbol. His younger followers wear black tee –shirts with Prabhakaran’s portrait and describe themselves as “Karumpuligal” or black tigers. His party has thousands of Sri Lankan Tamil members from the global Tamil Diaspora. The membership fee is 100 US Dollars per year. In addition Seeman also gets hefty donations from tiger supporters abroad.

      The attacks on two Buddhist priests from Sri Lanka within three days in Tamil Nadu has angered many. The deplorable attacks have been condemned – and rightly so – severely by responsible representatives of all communities in Sri Lanka The Govt has protested to the Indian Govt and also sought protection for Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka related Institutions in Tamil Nadu.

      The attacks on the Buddhist priests cannot be viewed in isolation. They form part of an ongoing pattern of rowdy attacks by a racist rabble posing as Tamil nationalists. One of the earliest attacks was on Thirukumar Nadesan the well-known Sri Lankan businessman who is married to Nirupama Rajapaksa the MP from Hambantota and niece of Chamal, Mahinda, Gotabhaya and Basil Rajapaksa.

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        Where were the “good” Sinhalese when state sponsored riots against Tamils happened in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981……… or against the Muslims in 1915?
        In fact, a lot of Sinhalese gleefully joined the riots and burned unarmed children and families alive….. There is no such a thing as a good Sinhalese… No wonder Vijaya (father of Sinhala race) was exiled from his original motherland in Bengal for his wicked behaviors…[Edited out] Buddha probably committed suicide in heaven after knowing that Sinhalese are Buddhists.

        Sinhalese are solely to blame for the rise of extremism.

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      Thangadurai sivakumaran ,

      a very good cut & Paste job !

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      Nama Lie

      Rest assured, LTTE is buried at Mullivaikkal forever. They are not coming back to garner new blame.

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      Atually, [Edited out], of the plight of the German people at the end of WW2.

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    I am sure before long govt lackeys like Rajasingham Narendran will comment that all this is a figment of your imagination to sully the image of the glorious government of MR able supported by Gota !!!
    Wait for it…….

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      You better analyze Dr RN ‘s comments before commenting.Do you think that there cannot be moderate Tamils? He is now talking free as LTTE is gone for ever.

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    What game is this so-called anthropologist author playing?
    Is s/he not aware of disciplinary codes of conduct that one does not endanger informants or peers. that anthropologists have been killed in the field in post-war zone?

    It is irresponsible of an author to sign as “an anthropologist” since this will make all anthropologists living in and or traveling for research to the northeast suspect by the “authorities”. Please refrain from such silly games of disguise..
    if you want people to be impressed and guess/know who you are please write you name but do not endanger anthropologists in the field..

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    My heart goes out to all the Manjulas. I keep asking my self why ? Why have all these people not tried to escape before. These seem to be qualified people. Specially those people with children. What is land and buildings,
    We had an insurrection in the south . The JVP was ruthless, no where near Prabhakaran . But I remember my father , he was looking for ways(difficult during Bandaranayake times) to get the boys in the family out of the country.
    Rajapaksa became a Prabhakaran after the war ended. So why did these people with children, for these children’s sake not try to escape from the war torn areas.
    There are similar stories of fathers , mothers daughters sons going out to work and being bombed out by Prabhakaran even in the south. Orphanages are full of children whose parents were massacred in the border villages. I really would like to know why these people stayed.

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      Simple. They woudl have been killed by Sri Lankan Army and Sinhala thugs much earlier or would have been a narrow escapscape like this as I hvae been through 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987. Fortunately I was in Jaffna in 1956, 1958

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    I have tears in my eyes when I read this. This should not happen to any human being. It does not matter if the family is Sinhalese in the hands of the LTTE, Tamils in the hands of the Sinhala Army or Muslims in the hands of LTTE and Sinhala Army this is not right and the perpetrators have to be punished. If we do not punish those who did wrong, then we are not humans.
    Yes there are war casualties in all wars, but never civilian casualties in any no fire zones in any war.

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      Give you 100%. We need more of you in Sri Lan Good on you mate you have the answer unlike those have questions and questions and you know what?

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    A very sad story representing those of many thousands. However, some questions arise from this narrative:

    *Whether the lady was differentiating between aerial bombardment and artillery fire, when using the word bombing?

    * Whether the Sri Lankan air force had drones capable of bombing targets?

    * If such drones existed, who supplied them, who operated them and from where they were directed?

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Your godfather Gota maybe able to answer your questions !

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        The SL Airforce boasted of 25,000 bombing missions.
        Bombs do not differentiate between civilians and combatants.

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        Dear Dev,
        At least get your facts right. I have been an expatriate for long, but Sri Lanka has always been my home and country. I have also been visiting Sri Lanka several times a year over a period of 30 years or more to visit my family, who were living here. I have held only a Sri Lankan passport.

        I was a member of the Diaspora Dialogue Group as a long standing expatriate.Facts are sacred, but comment is free. You can continue to be a jack in the box, popping up regularly to repeat the same mantra. You can continue to speculate and salivate on what I am paid for my services as a lackey and a sycophant! However, no one is blind as the ones who pretend to be so!

        The likes of you try to manufacture facts to further your objectives. Your kind also accept lies, inaccuracies and exaggerations quite easily for the same reasons. This is the chink in your armour and the strengh for the government. The shepard boy who called wolf too often, was not believed when the real wolf came. Learn something at least from Mahatma Gandhi’s political life. He disarmed his adversaries with truth and honesty.

        I am glad to learn that you live in Sri Lanka. That should have made a difference, but it has unfortunately not. You have not seen or heard what you should have and continue to be in that state. We have to thus agree to disagree, on a rather permanent basis.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dr RN
          Hope you saw my early comment to Dev.
          You are now free to comment as Prabha is gone forever.I am glad to see people like you who look at things in the true context.People like Dev will never change. They never want to change as well. They know only tribalism and hatred, regurgitate on the past.
          Late Hon. Kathiragamar said that there were issues and we have come a long way in addressing them. The bottom line is, do we want to separate or live together? Remember separation is not the answer.Look at Pakistan and Sudan.Just two examples.

          Even in the human body when tissues have borders there are always developmental problems.Look at the branchial arches, Facial clefts, cleft lips etc.

          Dev will attack me next.

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            Dubdoc,

            I also wrote on VP, the LTTE, Chandrika and MR long before the demise of VP. Thanks for the comment and observations on Dev, my favourite Jack in the box. He makes what I have set out to do, so much easier!

            Dr. RN.

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      And also ask him where did he get the white phosphorus and cluster bombs.

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      Keep asking the questions. Think someone is going to send you the answer.

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      Does it matter what sort of firing resulted in killing of civilians? If you are truly worried then you should have added a few, how about execution at point blank range and cluster bombing? Why did you miss these? If you will go deep into the supply source, first you will find that they were not supplied directly by the manufacturers but through intermediaries. Further you will notice that a large portion of the purchase price paid by SL Government was kick back to the politicians of SL. In addition you will also note that some of the weapons may not even be legally shipped or supplied. Today anyone who has the money and connections can buy drones. Even poor African countries today have drones. It does not matter what sort of firing happened, the most important thing is was it legal and who did it.

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      Dr from what I know Jaffna was safe for the most part. What stopped these people from going to Jaffna? Did Prabhakaran stop them?

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        Jaffna was safe. You must be joking

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        Have you forgotten the border posts and the rules the LTTE enforced on those who wanted to leave the areas under their control?

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Without asking these question why do you not impress upon your godfathers to agree for an international war crimes tribunal. Not only this but there are other several evidence will be led which will lead to several high ups in armed forces and government to be convicted. Please stop being an apologist for the criminal activities of the government. You are living in Srilanka, but you are not with your people, because if you speak out the truth you will either go missing or if your relatives are lucky, they may be able to recover your rotten body. I have already told you in another site that I am a medical witness to the atrocities committed by the Srilankan armed forces on non-combatant Tamil civilians and prepared to give evidence.

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      The UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) operated by the SLAF are only capable of observation. They cannot carry weapons. Manjula probably mistook the artillery called in by the UAV operator for fire originating from the UAV. Such common assumptions, while mistaken, have led to many charges of the SL military using chemical weapons and cluster munitions, which they did not.

      Often people experience something they cannot explain, and when a possible scenario is suggested to them later, they incorporate it into their memory.

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        David Blacker,

        Atom bombs will be included in the list , just before Geneva next year. The following what happened in the Vanni would become worse than Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Srilankan military does not own any drones capable of carrying bombs or missiles. only American Predator and British reapers can carry hellfire missiles as far as I know. Srilankan Air force used Israeli drones for reconnaissance purposes I think (Along with beach crafts)

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    Epitome of Human Suffering. Read, reflect and give a damn.

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    Tamils will never allow the fascists to raise their heads again.

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      And if they do the SL armed forces will gladly chop it off with an axe again :-)

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        SSS

        No Need. Tamils themselves will see to it.

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        Siva Sankaran Sarma Blocker is back. Do not underestimate the diaspora or the international community. The wheels of justice moves slowly, but move they do.

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          [Edited out] has been putting her pills in her puka instead of her mouth. Probably talking from the puka has made her confused as to which orifice to use :D Only cowards like you need to hide and use pseudonyms.

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        what an ignorant idiot you are. tigers did chop off the heads of thousands of black monkey army soldiers. black monkey army soldiers used to run in all directions and had to hide behind anything that could cover their black faces.

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          Yes Rama, we know the Tigers killed many of their own. And sure, they ran and hid behind skirts and children when the forces cornered them in ’08-’09, but that’s no reason to call your erstwhile heroes black monkeys. At least some of them tried to fight and died for their beliefs – while you ran away like a little piss ant to hide in a ghetto 1000s of miles away :-)

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        The SL Tamil struggle for freedom is gathering momentum (Internationally) even better than when there was a war. Nobody has ever achieved freedom by struggling for 30 years or 60 years. It has to be a step by step affair and takes several decades.

        From 1948 to 1976 the Tamils lead by SJV Chelvanayagham struggled peacefully for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all that hardships, riots, and violence against the peaceful struggle by the Tamils and its outcome/achievement was the VADDUKODDAI RESOLUTION, the foundation for the next phase.

        From 1977 to 2009 V. Pirabakaran continued it with an armed struggle for the freedom of SL Tamils. It was all those killings that took place during the 30 year war especially the human rights violation and genocide in 2009 gave rise to the International interference in SL. The outcome/achievement of the armed struggle was Internationalizing the domestic problem and involving the IC (the west, India and UN) in the Tamil freedom struggle.

        From 2009 onwards, the Tamil diaspora has taken it over to fight for the freedom of SL Tamils internationally. How they influence/lobby the IC (including the UN) to act in our favor and pressurize the SL government is wonderful as we see today. Right now it is progressing very well in the right direction. With the channel 4 video, Tamil Nadu is boiling against SL. The Pariah state is getting fucked left, right and center at Geneva. US, EU, UN and India are acting very tough this time.

        What started in 1948 domestically is progressing well today internationally. It is step by step in different forms but definitely in the right direction for SL Tamil freedom. Weather it is by War or by Peace, the Tamils will never ever give up.

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          They say Kings Judgement will come on the same day but gods will come slowly but surely. Classic example.

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        Or find unarmed civilians, Tie their hands, Blind fold and shoot them in the head then say ‘okava thambi mama illuvu, surayakuth daagena inne, Api gahamu rajaye desapathe’ ;) Oh some of us Tamils do understand Sinhalese ;)

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    It is happening in Syria as well. Sunni Muslim militants are murdering Shia Muslims without any second thought. Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, England, and the USA are giving these militants money and weapons. Just like in Sri Lanka, the UN is doing nothing.

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    If authored by ‘an anthropologist’, this attempt at anonymity is extremely naive, and irresponsible in relation to fellow anthropologist who may come to share the risks the author fears. If not, then the use of this cover is even more irresponsible, deflecting risks towards a minor discipline and it members. What is wrong with simply ‘anonymous’? Idiot maybe more appropriate.

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      CT knows the identity of the author – anthropologist.
      Hence this a true account of what was told to him/her.

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    Cool story bro. When is this script going into production?

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      You Idiot Siva.. You all think that once won militarily you are invincible. Go through History the society lived with hatred will always go down, count down.. one day one of your generation goes through this rest of the world will comment the same way how you commented.

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        msk

        There is no history of defeated fascists ever rising again.

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          Only fascist movement when once defeated will not rise again, but a liberation movement once defeated, unless the cause is not fully addressed to the satisfaction of the affected people, will rise again. This is true in history. LTTE started as a liberation movement to free Tamils from the clutches of Sinhala racists. It was unfortunately turned into a fascist one by one man – Prabakaran who was blindly supported by sycophants. Now not only Prabakaran but also his entire family has been wiped out. So there is every chance the liberation struggle will rise up again, especially due to the arrogance of the Sinhala racists and intransigence of the Srilanka Government, which is continuing to carry out atrocities on Tamils. The next movement will start from Tamilnadu due to the madness of North-Indian racists who are hanging onto an anti-Tamil foreign policy on hostile Srilanka.

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            Raja

            If the size fits, put it on.

            I only said “defeated fascists will never rise again”

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              The SLA has defeated the LTTE, only the battle on the ground. The war is still not over but gathering momentum at a very high pace internationally. Even Prabakaran could not give this much pressure to SL like what the Diaspora is doing by influencing the West and India.

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          I am Tamil from TN, have you seen in past somebdoy from TN coming to CT? Can you think now why? The liberation movemnet is not about only detroying armed fight, Brtish thought they succeded post military winning against the revolt in 1857 but that united to a far more strengthening unity cutting across many provinces in India to join. Similary thanks to SL, student now forgot their won enemy of 2000 years like caste and their one only enmeny .. guess what leave it to you…

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        he is not siva. he has stolen the name of a blogger in topix. this idiot is a coward. i chased him out of topix as he was making a nuisance of himself. he was humiliated in topix so much he had no other choice other than to run away. he has now taken shelter in c t. i would say his humiliation is more or less the same as how sri lanka has been humiliated in geneva. sarong wallah rajapaksa is talking brave and big but you know the order has come from the top. i would advice rajapaksa to obey the orders.

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          Cool story bro.

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            There is no necessity for a physical battle again. The 30 years of battle has finally served its purpose. The so called LTTE rump (Tamil Eelamists Diaspora) that VP created in the West is doing what even VP could not achieve in 30 years. A simple example is the loss of GSP+, the garment factories are closing down, thousands becoming jobless, millions in foreign exchange earnings lost. IMF stopped giving loans. Resolutions from US and UN. Tamil Nadu boiling after watching the channel 4 video. China and India are competing for Sri Lanka. Finally they will divide the country, Tamil Eelam to India and the rest to China.

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      when your black ass turns white.

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    God will punish all culprits and war brokers.You also must be careful of elements using the tear of Tamils to make money,like NGOs and politicians.Tamils have lost everything and now they are compelled to rely on foreign forces,Can,t help.

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    The suffering of the people has been terrible.I wonder whether these people will even think of reconciliation with the sinhalese after this.Pretty shortsighted saga by the Rajapakshes which may come back to bite them in the butt one day.Repairing this damage might be impossible.

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    Its a very sad story by a person lying through her teeth.
    Very sad indeed and excellent for propaganda.

    Hatred has been now well and truly embeddede into the lives in society.
    Thanks to the Majulas…….and Anthropologists.
    Can create many litreature book or short story books.

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      Saradiel,if indeed she is lying as you claim why don’t the Rajapakshe’s just agree on an Independent Investigation Investigation(III).Matter resolved and solved no?Why are they blocking it?Why did they create a news blackout when these things were happening in the final stages of the war?Did they want to teach these tamils a lesson to remember.

      As for your contention that god will punish those that lie are you referring to mahinda who is supposed to have cancer and will have to go the Chavez way one day?Maybe god is keeping him to finish some tasks just like Hitler escaped several assasinations until his role was fulfilled,which is for god to teach the aggressive european colonial powers a lesson so that lasting peace will come to europe as well as countries will be freed of colonialism once and for all.

      God works in mysterious ways.He uses leaders for various reasons and then gets rid of them when their use by date is over.It all ends with the world becoming a better place to live in though suffering has to be borne by some segments of the population of this world while the restructuring and reorganisation by the creator takes place.

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        Shankar can read God’s mind and know God’s will…… Amazing !

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      such a pathetic and lame attempt by you to whitewash the crimes on 2009!

      Hatred was not sowed by this lady but buy your so called ‘ Sinhala Buddhist ‘ mentality from 1956 onwards towards the Tamils and now lately targeting the Muslims!

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    Sonlight — God will punish liars and false propagandists as well.

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    “Drones flying overhead picked off people who were crossing.” is a terminological inexactitude.

    SLAF did NOT operate armed drones (UAVs) during Eelam War 4. The drones used were Blue Horizon UAVs for recon and target acquisition.

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    The Rajapakse’s should be brought to justice. Defeating the LTTE is one thing; using drones on civilians and forcing women and children to live for months in tin shacks is something else. Until Rajapakse and his associates are given the boot, Sri Lanka will have little credibility in international circles.

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      Only US, UK & Israel have used drones to kill civilians; always ‘in error’. SL doesn’t possess armed drones.

      http://www.globalresearch.ca/mapping-drone-proliferation-uavs-in-76-countries/5305191

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        You’re right. After extensive research, all I could find is that SL has some unmanned UAV’s from Israel. India, which sent weapons and troops to SL during the final stages of the war, did not have armed drones around in 2009 either. So, this whole story recounted by “Manjula” is false. I suppose there a few actual elements mixed in to make it more believable, but “Manjula” is probably a fictional character.

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          Lester,
          Manjula’s story need not be correct in all aspects for most of it to be true. We know from multiple, independent sources that there was shelling and air attacks in the NFZ. It was, more or less, hell on earth for the civilians trapped between the Army and LTTE.

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          And really, Heshan/Lester/Observer, India sent troops to SL in 2009? Was this while the US was winning the Vietnam War or while Hitler was winning WW2?

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      You’re just upset that all those poor people are not Muslims, aren’t you Klosturmfuhrer Lester/Heshan/Observer? :D

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        good one Blacker

        btw,why not write your own book on the EPS seige or the Jaffna Fort Siege as i assume that most of those involved are retired now so they can speak freely,you will be on par with Cornelius Ryan or Anthony Beever!

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    There should be many Manjula’s stories, one for each one of the persons who suffered in the Vanni in 2009. There should be actually a “Commission of the Truth”, where all these stories could be told and be registered. A country cannot rebuild itself over the silence. Compassion needs truth and dignity for the dead.
    Thanks to the person who carried over his/her shoulders the civil responsibility of collecting, writing and saving the story of Manjula from oblivion. Signing with a pseudonym is just a way of protecting him/herself in a context where the value of truth is not understood.

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    Manjula’s story is fantastic. The imagination of the ghost writer of Manjula had run riot. He/she appears to be an expert in spinning stories to suit the tide. Manjula’s fantastic journey, which should have taken normally one hour in fifteen minutes and the so-called “closed” car, by which Manula and her baby travelled several hundred miles to apparent safety, doing the journey without refuelling at kughtening speed in an area where petrol stations for refuelling were not available clearly indicates the motive behind in spinning a fantastic story of this nature.

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    Manjula’s story is fantastic. The imagination of the ghost writer of Manjula had run riot. He/she appears to be an expert in spinning stories to suit the tide. Manjula’s fantastic journey, which should have taken normally one hour in fifteen minutes and the so-called “closed” car, by which Manula and her baby travelled several hundred miles to apparent safety, doing the journey without refuelling at lightening speed in an area where petrol stations for refuelling were not available clearly indicates the motive behind in spinning a fantastic story of this nature.

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    This is what I wrote in 2009, soon after the war, as part of an article punlished in transcurrents.com:

    ” The circumstances under which these IDPs arrived in Vavuniya – the trauma they had experienced during a brutal war (between the LTTE and its sworn enemy, the Government of Sri Lanka) and the cruelty they were subjected to by the LTTE (The self proclaimed sole representatives and liberators of the Tamils)- are being very conveniently ignored.

    The IDPs arrived in Vavuniya in a state no human should ever be. I have seen them as they arrived at one transit camp in Vavuniya. They were able to smile even under extremely desperate circumstances, because they were relieved to be alive! Grand mothers were destined to look after their orphaned grandchildren. Aunts and uncles had to take responsibility for their orphaned nephews and nieces. They had no time to mourn their dead. They had to care for the injured and permanently maimed, while they themselves needed help. They had no hope for the morrow. They were destitute and benumbed.

    They were haggard, malnourished and weak. Women were giving birth soon after their arrival in the transit camp. Mothers had no milk in their breasts to suckle new born infants. Many did not know where their children and other relatives were. Many had seen their children, partners, parents, relatives and fellow humans drown, succumb to their injuries or fall dead, while escaping. The misery I witnessed and heard cannot be easily described and have to be seen and heard to be appreciated.

    They had to abandon their homes or see their homes destroyed. They had to abandon their villages, towns and occupations and move as the war front shifted, to be finally trapped at Nandikadal. They had to hide in bunkers to save themselves from the bullets and shells flying over them and falling among them. The bullets and shells were being fired by both the Sri Lankan armed forces and the LTTE. They had to live under flimsy plastic tents or under trees and fend for themselves.

    They witnessed their kith and kin being killed and blown up. They saw dead and putrefying bodies around them. They saw fellow Tamils being killed by LTTE cadres. They had to hide their eleven and twelve year olds in camouflaged holes, to save them being conscripted by the LTTE. They had to keep their children for as long as two months in such holes and feed them there. They had to provide for their sanitary and toilet needs in these holes. Some saw their precious children die in these holes, succumbing to the prolonged confinement.

    They had to force their young daughters to get married early and get pregnant to avoid conscription by the LTTE. They witnessed LTTE cadres force young pregnant girls jump from trees, to induce abortions (with the intention of qualifying them for conscription). They saw their young children placed in church premises for safety, being rounded up brutally by LTTE cadres as part of a desperate conscription drive. “

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Do you think that abortions can be caused by pregnant young girls jumping from trees?
      Were LTTE such idiots?

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        Why not? Further, the LTTE had a preponderance of egoistic, ill educated idiots at all levels. Further, this is what the people experienced. Are you questioning what they experienced?

        Dr.RN

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          This person is not a fair commentator. He has a pathological hatred towards LTTE. [Edited out]

          You should post those allegations under your name with posting us your CV – CT

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            Raja,

            It is not a pathological ( a disease) hatred, but a physiological ( normal) immune response to something pathological!

            Dr. RN

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      Dr Narrendran,
      I agree that there were faults in LTTE side particularly forced recruitment at the last phase of war and denial to go out of their controlled area. But why do you try to cover up an inhuman massacre by the government forces, which was clearly a premeditated act rather than an unavoidable end result of an intense fight. There are clear evidence for this which I don’t need to point out here as you must have gone through UN panel report and other evidences through ICRC, doctors(they were forced deny all their statements later as we all know how) and the survivors like Manjula.
      I also worked in those camps at end of war and had a good chance to listen to them there were lots of Manjula stories. I agree LTTE also carries responsibility in way for this mass loss of lives however the rampage by the government forces and their clear intent of claiming as much as Tamils lives during last few days of war and the post war brutal executions of captured, disappearance of men and women and the mass raping of women, just not in the days of hike, continues still as torture, disappearances , mass murders in the jails, denial of voicing in the name of “ Major human rescue mission of this century” by a peoples government.
      I have no idea of your background and where were you living all these years of war but I certainly have rights to talk about the non-political and non-racist Tamils feeling all these years of war and after. I was born during the war in that area and lived through the war and gone through all the sufferings of a typical Tamil gone through. I still remember the very first instance where there is some threat to our life by someone when we were seeking security into a temple as there was shelling and bombing at the age of nearly 7. There after the story continued with losing our neighborhood and relatives in the point blank shooting by the SL army, bombing of markets, temples and so many. What was the feeling there was SL government looked at Tamils not just LTTE as enemy and every time when there is a loss to army the Tamil civilians lives were taken for revenge or threat.
      I can clearly say one thing if any of these commenters here lived in our area as a Tamil and gone through what we all have, they will be raging on the government regime by the fact that how angry they are on LTTE for their bombings in the south but they don’t realize (As the facts denied by the government to the majority) what we have gone thorough are many thousands times of what they have had by the SL army during all these years of war. I still can’t work out what made Dr Narendran to go unaware of all these and just to rage on LTTE hiding the racist act by these governments?
      It is very important to realize the behavior of these governments towards minority for two reasons
      1. We should look in to the root of the armed conflict and why armed movements by Tamils started in Sri lanka? As we all know what happened after British left the country? How Tamils were asking their rights and what the majority political leaders did for their political gain. Even though there were some revolutionary voices from the majority politician they all went unpopular and unheard. Reason for that was wrong guidance of the general population and denial of facts. They all went further to threat the Tamils by planned violent riots of many.
      That’s when Tamils were forced to violent path to ask their rights. This is the fact and root of this war which is very important to remember and that can only change people’s mindset and would help to solve the problem rather than promoting it as terrorism, came all the way from the blue.
      2. This is the governments by which we are forced to be governed by and to live with where there is no genuine change in the mind set rather I would say it is very worse than what it was in 1950s. Furthermore it is now complicated with nepotistic government leading to a dictatorship where even Sinhalese doesn’t know what to do and I have no I idea where will the other minorities including Tamils would stay.
      One could argue that there will be political change but who can assure that the history won’t repeat in this sovereign country where international community cannot interfere in the internal issues.
      It is the duty of educated the people to speak the facts and reveal it to the people as a whole picture rather than shouting on LTTE for everything just like showing the parts of an elephant inside a small room. And it has a very significant role when it is an issue of a suppressed minority where there is a higher chance that the truths will be buried and stories will be manipulated by the power and there would only few voices for them. It is that simple to run a campaign to vanish them all by the power. It’s all evident by many past examples.
      I think it is important to analyse the patient’s symptoms and sings to investigate it further to find the underlying pathology and to treat it accordingly rather than either hide the patient’s symptoms or just treat it symptomatically. It looks it is difficult now as the treatment has been delayed and the complications are overwhelming. However yet we have time to start from the beginning leaving all our stone age mindsets behind, bearing in mind, every one born in this world have same rights and rights of self-determination including Tamils.

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        Im sorry to spell it wrongly, correct it as Dr Narendran.

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        Dear Valluvan,

        I was born long before you and have been aware of what is happening at least from 1956. I read Tarzie Vitachie’s book ‘ Emergency 58’ when I was in the 7th grade (1959). I have been also the victim of all that has transpired in Sri Lanka, directly or indirectly from 1958. I know what I am talking about and try hard to learn about things I am not aware of. I take a lot of pain over the latter aspect.

        I am definitely against the concept of Eelam. More so seeing the state the Tamils have been brought to, as a result of this mad quest. I know very well the intent of the stories being concocted. I also know the truth to the extent I can. I have seen the war- affected Tamils and heard their stories , as the war was ending and soon after. I have extensively travelled through the Vanni since and seen the damage, recovery and the problems. I yet speak to the war-affected to find out details of what happened. I am aware of their story, which is story that matters.

        The war was precipitated foolishly by the LTTE . It was a war not desired by the Tamils on the ground. It was a war the LTTE was definitely going to lose. It was the war that spelt utter doom and not hope for the Tamils. I for one warned the LTTE against it several times over, in the articles I wrote. The LTTE had become a demon haunting the Tamils when it launched the last war.

        When Nediyavan asked me in in 2005, whether I was contributing funds to the LTTE, I answered in the negative. He then asked me whether I did not want Eelam. I told him that I like to eat chicken, but will not kill to eat one! Considering that I was in Kilinochchi, this was the diplomatic answer I could think of in response. He gave me a quizzical look and did not pursue the subject further.

        In a war there are casualties, including the truth. The LTTE made the Tamil civilians their sand bags and the Tamils paid a heavier price as a result. Go to the Vanni and talk to the affected people in favour of the LTTE. You will hear a barrage of utter filth.

        Further, the LTTE has to bear greater responsibility for the fate that befell the Tamils. The GOSL, the Sinhalese and the armed forces were the implacable enemies defined by the words and deeds of the LTTE and those who supported it. The LTTE as the sole representative of the Tamils , their defenders and liberators, were expected to place the interests of the Tamils, particularly their lives, foremost in their calculations. They did not do so. In fact they deliberately made the lives of the Tamils a pawn in the lethal game they were playing. Is there any sense in finding fault with what an implacable enemy does, in a war you invite to your doorstep , without understanding his strength, new found will and the powerful who were allied?
        The LTTE was defeated. Thank God, the Tamils survived to the extent they did, to recover and fashion a different , wiser and better future.

        I have a vision for the Tamils , much different to that which you and the likes of you promote. I can be called a traitor to the Tamils and a lackey and sycophant of the government, but my stance will not change.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Dear Dr Narendran,
          I’m not defending LTTE here and I agree their faults. Peace talk in 2001-2005 made me to fed up as they did not show enough sincerity, did not believe and even failed to utilise it for Tamils diplomatically.
          But I definitely feel that it’s not a healthier approach to point the finger just on LTTE and bury the Tamils issues with label of terrorism, that’s what happens now. We were fighting for the rights before late 70s when there was no LTTE and lost our people which you know clearly. Even now it’s going to be 4 years since LTTE is no longer in this land, do you see any initiative or intent to address Tamils issues genuinely. What does it means? Isn’t that enough for us to predict how we are going to be ruled unless we continue to scream.
          Couple of things I would like to clarify as you have been evidencing our issue almost from the beginning .What were your thoughts in early to mid-70s when there were no armed movements for Tamils?
          Did you agree that there was a necessity to raise concerns and ask for rights?
          Did you feel things were moving in the right direction?
          Separate state for Tamils neither raised at the beginning nor a concept brought by Prabakaran , rather it was an option practically felt by the leaders that time by the manner we were handled when raising our issues.
          Asking for self-determination is not terrorism rather it is fair request by human being to value their votes to change the condition they would prefer to live. It is obvious that in Sri Lanka, Tamils votes haven’t any significance to decide what they want for them.
          I understand that currently we are struggling for oxygen to keep our self-alive where; we are nowhere near to think about rights of a human being. It is going to be clearly utilised to dump all the human values of Tamils.
          There will be a time may be 100yrs later, you won’t be there, I won’t be there and none of the current people would be there; however, there would be a necessary for Tamils self-determination and a struggle for it unless it’s obtained before.

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            Valluvan V,

            Thanks for your response. I was always- before, during and after VP- convinced that Tamils have cause for feeling aggrieved. I have been a victim too. I have also felt that the Tamil leadership before VP and now after VP have approached solutions in a wrong manner. I have highlighted this aspect in several articles that were published in Tamil Week, Transcurrents and dbsjeyraj.com. These concerns do not detract anything from the fact that the Tamils are the aggrieved party and are victims of the GoSLs and VP’s tigers.

            I want the Tamils to review their position anew in the radically different post-war circumstances. We are a crippled and diminished people. We are not what we were once. We have lost everything, including the best of our people. We do not have leaders of the calibre we need at this juncture of our history. We are a Godforsaken people now. This is our sad and pitiable plight, although the situation is changing slowly and steadily for the better. We are taking the first steps into a new, but undefined future. It is a very fragile situation yet. We have not yet developed a vision on what this new future should be.

            The Diaspora , regardless of their good intensions, cannot definitely define this future for us. The Tamils in Sri Lanka have to define this future in terms of the realities here. The Diaspora can help us on our way, but should not try to lead us. The Diaspora are foreigners now, whatever their umbilical connections may be at the present point in time.

            The manner in which sections and individuals within the Tamil Diaspora and local Tamil politicians are reacting is definitely counterproductive. A GOSL , however wrong, but under siege from the Tamils or the world will never deliver. This is the lesson we have to learn from history. Let us not forget the lessons from the IPKF interlude and the Norway sponsored ceasefire agreement. The outside forces cannot force solutions here. Even if forced solutions come about, they will not last long.

            Sri Lanka has not given enough grounds for foreign invasions. Solutions will be only offered by any GOSL under pressure from the Sinhala people. They are ready, but we are pushing them away with the brinkmanship we Have chosen to deploy. Sri Lanka and the Sinhala identity are synonymous in the minds of most Sinhalese. Their politicians not only know this, but also know to exploit it to their advantage. Any threat or pressure from any quarter on the government from outside or the minorities within will be perceived and interpreted as a threat to the Sinhalese. This does not imply the minorities have to be passive and docile. But the minorities have to count for something here. The Sinhala people must have a vested interest in our welfare and we in theirs. The ‘We’ has to give way to ‘Us’ , while each community retains in evolution and history determined identity. It is delicate process, but this transformation has to be forged.

            We have to let passions cool. We have to let wounds heal. We have to forgive and relegate the past to the archives. We cannot continue stew in our juices- blood, gore and deaths in this instance. We, the Tamils have no choice but do this. We have to concentrate on recovery, with whatever help we can get from the government and other sources. We have to deal with day to day problems that arise in a sober manner. There is no alternative to dealing with whichever government that comes to power.

            The present provincial council system makes this imperative. What we have in the PC system is delegated executive authority. If this is what the TNA wants and the Tamils think they need, both have to learn to work within this frame work, or work with the government,whether we like the process or not, to evolve better mechanisms to devolve power, share power or have a combination of both. It no doubt will be a difficult task,but it has to be doggedly pursued. In this pursuit we should carry the Sinhala people with us. If we are to have them with us, we have to by word and deed forgive their past transgressions. These transgressions were done in their name, though they were not complicit. This difference should not be forgotten.

            Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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              Valluvan,

              Words such as self- determination are bound to be misinterpreted because of the Eelam concept that has dominated the political dialogue, rancour, brutality, terror and war in this country over 30 years. self determination has become a dirty word with sinister implications in this country.

              We should use less contentious and more acceptable words to describe what we seek. For example, would not words like equal rights and equal opportunities as individuals and as a community within a united Sri Lanka describe what we seek better and more acceptably. Once this stance is accepted it may become easier to discuss how this concept can be translated into reality.

              Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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              Dr RN
              “For example, would not words like equal rights and equal opportunities as individuals and as a community within a united Sri Lanka describe what we seek better and more acceptably.”

              Did not that we ask for in united CEYLON? Did we ask for Eelam then? Did we ask for Self determination then?

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              Anpu,

              I am talking about course of action, in the post-war circumstances. Do not forget the Sinhala polity has also learnt its lessons. We have to open a new chapter and we need this more than the others.

              Dr.RN

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            He is not Tamil. He’s a Sinhalese hired by the SL government to spew propaganda.

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      Doctor you forgot the Srilankan Armed forces murderous rampage. I mean shelling safe zone, Cluster bombs, Summery executions and many mass graves. I guess while your writing the LTTE atrocities you must have missed this.

      Do you get lots of Green notes to write this?

      Also did you get the doctorate from where Mervin Silva got it? Sounds a lot like it.

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    Drones existed. people even had a name for them. Vandu, which in Tamil means bees. This is the story of a woman who is describing her experience in the final stages of the war. from her perception of how a one hour journey in a speeding car with two sides shooting at each other felt like. How people fell down as they heard the humming of the “vandus”. This woman is not a combatant. she has no knowledge of the specialized technology, she describes what she saw and heard and went through. This is what makes the story so palpable and real.

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      There are different types of drones. Drones that fire and drones that collect intelligence. There were war crimes: shelling hospitals and schools, executing POW’s, etc. But this allegation of armed drones is a blatant lie.

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        While the GoSL didn’t have armed drones, artillery gunners and aerial bombers could have been quickly fed by those intelligence drones to start shelling and bombing, misleading the lady to think that the drones fired. That error doesn’t take away from the larger story.

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          Agnos,exactly what I was thinking too.The drones may be the eyes and ears for those who are shooting at the people. Manjula in her excitable state would have thought it was due to the drones that the people were dropping whereas it was indirectly only due to them.There is always a possibility too that a few drones may have been armed and used by foreign personnel,we don’t really know due to the news blackout created by the too clever Gota. Now it is backfiring on him because he has to prove the accusers are wrong not the other way about where you are presumed innocent until proved guilty.The news blackout facilitates those who accuse as they can always mention the difficulty of proving these incidents because it was the government that stopped all reporters from covering the events.It would have been better for the government to allow the reporters to cover the last stages of the war so that they will not be accused unnecessarily.

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            shankar

            There were Indian and other reporters embedded to the armed forces and were expected to report “good news” out of the insane war.

            It is up to the Sinhalese to bring out the truth and truth is being told by the Sinhalese themselves albeit a slow pace, including the members of the armed forces.

            One cannot bury truth in Matala pits or Mullivaaikkal. Hence a need for investigation into war crimes and crime against humanity covering the period from 5th April 1971 to date.

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              Native Veddah,

              Whose truth? Which truth? Will we ever find the real truth? The truth has been interred/ burned/ scattered/ drowned with the bones of the dead. Even glimpses of the truth are being distorted with an assortment convex and concave mirrors, and magnifying classes.

              Dr. R. N

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              Native Vedda you are right. Some higher ranking educated officers must have felt bad about what they been told to do. End of the day they have children’s themselves. How one can sleep at night after doing all this. I don’t blame them or Majority of the Sinhalese people. I do believe LTTE were desperate and cowards who shielded behind civilians at the end of the war. They just wanted the forces to kill as many civilians as they can cause it helps with the propaganda. They also waited for help from IC which never came.

              I don’t believe all the SL Army men have committed crimes. But some clearly did and the reason govt don’t want any enquirers is simple. They gave the orders for the crimes and now they are scared.

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        Shankar and Agnos,

        No, the lady (if she existed) did not confuse armed drones with artillery fire. According to her, there was no time lapse between when the drone flew overhead and people started falling. This does not sound like a case of artillery being used in conjuction with real-time drone surveillance.

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    Read an article on Genetic make up of Tamil and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. 70% of the Sinhalese genes are contributed by Tamils and 57% Tamil genes in Sri Lanka are contributed by Sinhalese!!!! It means there is continuous flow genes between these two ethnic groups and hence, they can be considered as one at least genetically. When they are one, then why Sri Lankan government has two different types of polices, rules and regulations, which deny legitimate rights of Tamil people in Sri Lanka to education, employment, business, livelihood.

    Simple way to solve this conflict is restore all legitimate rights of Tamil people and treat them equally

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      Ayyai Selvan

      “Read an article on Genetic make up of Tamil and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka.”

      Which paper are you referring to?

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    ok so… :P whos gona write the next story? hahahaha for serious love of god, im sure there were unintentional cases where civilians died BUT THIS STORY? ahahahaha Joke, Tamil sinhala we r all Sri lanka we need to stop joking about an take it seriously in terms of long lasting political agenda, and people who write these stories including the folks in Tamil nadu seriously, should at-least make them sound credible hahaha JOKES

    Imagination 100 points tho, maybe a good movie script for a Hollywood movie :D

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    seriously , get your facts right . the sri lankan army did not have arned drones . when you are fabricating a story it is good to do a little bit of research . unless the whole thing looks and sounds like fiction .

    There are a lot of fools who want to buy your fiction . But Sri lankans know what really went on . the LTTE killed the people who wanted to cross over . they even cut of their legs . I posted a vid of that during the days of the war .

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    Full marks for the imagination running faster than the husband’s bike. For those who have knowledge of the Vanni roads it is impossible to drive at more than 30 mph so whether the driver was an ex-fighter or not if lightning speed is around 30 mph I wonder why people are struck by lightning. There is no Manjula. This is an epic tale of a man with a lot of imagination meant to feed those who are not versed about the Vanni Roads when there had been a lapse of 28-30 years of upkeep. The only Road with any tar left on it was the A9 and there were potholes deep enough to be uses as trenches or bunkers or both . I have had the occasion to write “papers” for Tamil political refugees to France and they were willing to say their parents were killed by the army then forget and say the same parents were in hiding because they were afraid. One man I knew had had a motor cycle accident and showed his scars claiming that the Sri Lankan police had tortured him. Now both of these men who were my neighbours in France are living peacefully on social benefits!

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      Peter,while what you say about some of the asylum cases are tru with regard to untruths please note that many sinhalese and muslims from places like Kandy and Negombo too have claimed asylum saying the govt is after them whereas their only concern was to be an economic migrant!

      But you cannot dismiss her story here,of course the roads are bad and when under fire anyone who can drive will drive at a very fast speed and for the terrified person it will be like lightening speed,machan put your self in her shoes at that time and then if you still dont have any conscience call it a lie

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        Probono Publico

        According to Australian state out of all the Kallthonies fewer Tamils claimed asylum compared to 6,000 Sinhala/Buddhists who sought bogus asylum claimed to have helped Tamil hence a target of Sinhala armed forces.

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    Sad story. Even if there is a lot of fiction woven into this story; for example the lie about UAVs bombing or the story about speeding in a car, terrible suffering was cast upon the suffering civilians by both sides. It was silly and irrational for the government to claim “zero civilian casualties” and insist on that story when no war even fought by anyone anyplace has been a zero civilian casualty war. Enough is enough. If serious reforms and a serious change of mindset does not occur there will be more wars in the future. Look at how the Sinhala buddhist thugs claiming to be real buddhists(they are not; they are simply sub educated racist thugs) who are causing harm to christians and muslims now. Enough is enough. As a former President of Sri Lanka said “I fear Islamic Jihadis far more than Tamil Tigers if it were to come to Sri Lanka”..

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    The better strategy and the rational thing to have done is to say, if there were instances of excesses and if there were instances of civilian deaths by government fire, we will investigate. Instead the GOSL has made fools of themselves and given credence to the Economic refugee Tiger Diaspora in the west. Enough is enough. Let there never be war and hatred based on race, language or religion.

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      manichandra

      “Let there never be war and hatred based on race, language or religion.”

      Could you please say it bit louder as the stupid Sinhala/Buddhists and their bretren stupid Tamils seem deaf.

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    manichandra you are right let there never be a war . There is no way Sri Lankans will tolerate in international investigation on the same people who saved them for 30 years of death and distruction . and also proposed by the west and to a certain extent the US that did the minimum to help and fostered the diaspora that funded the war. There are no tamil or sinhala homelands in this tiny island live and share it for the time you all are on this earth . If not these is always the west where you can live as 3 rd class citizens ..

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