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Imagine A Citizen Whose Lands Are Occupied By The Military

By  C.V Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

New Year 2014 is starting well for us. The War had got us into a cocoon in which we  managed howsoever we could, not really appreciating the changes taking place locally and globally all around us. We failed to appreciate the nuances of political or administrative terminology too. We are thankful to ICES for coming forward to help us to get out of our niche by introducing to us the processes that are functioning in the field of Governance and Development not forgetting to identify areas of vulnerability.

The term “good governance” is a loaded term. It is viewed in the modem Sri Lankan context as a term used to criticize or stifle or malign a regime even if that regime itself may pay lip service to the term. Espousing “good governance” would be met with a cheer in certain quarters of our society and would be decried as an instrument of Western conspiracy in others. The more restrained may refer to it as a Western philosophic terminology that requires a home grown alternative. These variegated views arise because each person has his or her own conditioned background and agenda whether in espousing good governance or seeking to undermine its significance. Let me be candid and state that my views on good governance are shaped no doubt by the challenges that we face in the Northern Province.

Good governance has many facets and it may be useful to clarify the different ways in which we could understand it. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) defines good governance as “the process of decision making and the process by which decisions are implemented (or not implemented)”. Put differently, good governance is about how we make decisions. The UNESCAP identifies the following eight characteristics of good governance viz

1. Participatory
2. Consensus oriented
3. Accountable
4. Transparent
5. Responsive
6. Effective and efficient
7. Equitable and inclusive
8. Follows the rule of law

 

Good governance could also be understood as the successful relationship between the different stakeholders in society. Sam Agere notes in the Commonwealth publication “Promoting Good Governance – Principles, Practices and Perspectives” that good governance could be understood through the following Governance structures:

  • the relationship between governments and citizens
  • the relationship between governments and markets
  • the relationship between governments and the voluntary or private sector
  • the relationship between elected (politicians) and appointed (civil servants)
  • the relationship between local government institutions and urban and rural dwellers
  • the relationship between the legislature and the executive
  • the relationship between nation states and international institutions.

In other words, good governance is about the intricate web of interconnection that forms the fabric of society and how well those connections function in relation to and in conjunction with each other.

For me good governance is then about three Ds which encapsulate the different ideas discussed – Dialogue, Duty and Discipline. I will try to explain my view of good governance in the context of the special challenges that we have faced in Sri Lanka, and in particular the Northern Provincial Council.

First and foremost good governance is about Dialogue. Dialogue between the various stakeholders as discussed earlier – the government, its different branches, the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary, its citizens, the market regulators, civil servants and even other countries, multinationals and INGOs. Without proper dialogue, there can be no communication of interests or needs. There can be no sharing of concerns. Without a governing entity being privy to the needs of its polity it can hardly be expected to address their concerns. Recently when I asked my colleagues in the Provincial Council to obtain the needs and wants of their respective constituents, some farmers in Vavuniya had said that this was the first time that those who govern had asked them what their wants and needs and problems are. In other words our governing entities hitherto had foisted their selective decisions on the people.

This is where my democracy bias comes in. It is possible to have an efficient and sometimes even effective system of governance, even without a democratic framework. There could be a philosopher – king who may be able to lead his people towards the light. But in my view, the probability of having philosopher – kings who can put the interests of their people above their own in today’s context is miniscule. More importantly, the extremely complex society in which we live makes it extremely difficult for a central authority to divine the needs of all groups of people and govern them accordingly. Inevitably, the governance regime will be captured by a powerful few to ‘the detriment of the many. This is why we need a democratic framework, where the peoples’ wishes are represented and addressed. The rationale for such a framework is dialogue.

Two important issues, particularly relevant to the Northern Provincial Council, should be understood in the context of dialogue.

Firstly dialogue cannot be one – way but both ways. Take for example a Military set up where soldiers are expected to carry out orders without question based on the grand strategy of the commanders. One cannot wage war by deliberating or voting on battlefield strategies. That requires a different mindset and understandably so.

A democratic framework is fundamentally different – for the source of power and the beneficiaries are the People. The governance structures are the framework for the trustees of those structures to deliver benefits to the people. This framework is important as it displaces the traditional idea of the governor and the governed and replaces it with a collaborative structure of a trusteeship. This is why I have been requesting for the removal of the Army from the Northern Province. Five years have passed since the end of the war and the same Army who killed and maimed our people during the war have been allowed to stay back here. The security of the Northern People far from being ensured has been aggravated. Several IDPs have not been repositioned in their residences. Their houses are the dwelling quarters of the Armed Men. People’s lands taken over in acres by the Army are cultivated by them with adequate financial help from the Government. The locals have to purchase produce from their own personal lands cultivated by Armed Men. One could go on expatiating on the effect such stationing of the Military among the civilians has had on their community and personal life. Women and children are the persons worst affected.

It will not be therefore surprising that the polity will not appreciate investment in certain areas when its priorities lie elsewhere. For instance, for a Northern populace that yearns for security, freedom of movement and expression, educational facilities, the opportunity to make a living and health facilities will not be in a position to appreciate highways or hotels. Good governance would mandate that there is two ­-way communication and that the needs of the people are first ascertained. Despite our limited resources the Northern Provincial Council is attempting to carry out a comprehensive and professional needs’ assessment to understand all the problems faced by the people. The need for a comprehensive and professional needs’ assessment is to ensure that we engage in dialogue with all segments of society and not just with the vocal or visible elements. We are hoping to carry out this endeavour with the help of the Government and several international agencies.

The second important element of dialogue is understanding that it is dependent on context. Discourse is always shaped and understood by the context in which it is held. It is but natural for a country coming out of a separatist war to be suspicious of discourse espousing freedom. Similarly, it is natural for a society broken and brutalized by war to be wary of purported civilian rule with a military face. There has been much spoken on the Northern Provincial Council requesting a civilian Governor. At the recent productive dialogues we have had, we have tried to explain, that the post – war context of the Northern Province require a different approach. We have tried to explain that the Northern citizen is faced with several problems at the root of which is the Military that does not speak her language, understand her culture or share her religious views. Imagine a citizen whose lands are occupied by the Military, who sees verdant vegetation being grown on her land by outsiders brought in by the military, who sell it to her at a profit, whose movement and speech is monitored and controlled by the Military, whose sisters and daughters have been subject to despicable acts by them, whose economic activities are curtailed by the Military’s involvement in those activities, who sees the Military give protection to armed Para Military groups to intimidate the citizenry further, and ask her the question, whether the context permits proper dialogue, if the head of the governance structure in the Province symbolises that very same Military?

The issue is not whether a Military person can carry out civil administration or whether there is a possibility that chauvinistic civilians who could be worse might take over as Governors – the issue is whether governance can take place when the context inhibits dialogue. It is time we focused on the larger picture of context. It is only then we can hope for a meaningful system of governance.

Once proper dialogue is in place the next step is to perform the various Duties that constitute governance. The most fundamental aspect in carrying out Duties is the approach that we adopt. In my view, a dispassionate and professional approach or disinterested devotion to duty is key to ensuring that the duties are discharged diligently.

The specific duties themselves, involve planning, first and foremost, for without a proper plan the issues ascertained through dialogue cannot be addressed. The work would have to be professional to ensure that the duties are discharged efficiently and effectively. By efficiency I mean that minimum resources are expended in discharging their duties and by effectiveness I mean the extent to which the objectives are satisfactorily met. It is in the above context that we at the Northern Provincial Council are hoping to have short – term, medium – term and long – term action plans based on the comprehensive needs’ assessments carried out. Ad – hoc commitments and ventures are inefficient. Of course one cannot allow perfection to be the enemy of the good. We have to try and work out some projects parallel to the process of a comprehensive plan.

A natural corollary of Duty based approach is meritocracy. In order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness one needs to have trained professionals. Merely because someone is the grand – daughter of some person doesn’t qualify that person to hold a particular post. Lineage may be relevant to eulogies, but has no role to play in a meritocracy. The idea of duty is the idea of a meritocracy. The Northern Province has seen tremendous brain drain and requires trained professionals to assist in its recovery. Given the extraordinary circumstance of post – war recovery, the need for professionals is particularly felt. It is for this reason that we have initialed dialogue with the government to facilitate the return of Sri Lankans who have obtained foreign citizenship. As part of our aim to ensure that dialogue is two – way process we have expressly noted that there is a possibility that the Government may have security concerns and have welcomed the establishment of a fair security procedure to screen those who wish to return and help those who are less fortunate.

Democracy plays a role in this aspect of Governance as well. It is natural that given limited resources not all the needs of all the people can be addressed. But the idea should not be simply about doing the largest good for the largest number at the expense of a weak minority. A proper understanding of a democracy takes a Rawlsian view that ensures at the very least a minimum requirement for the least advantaged. Steps will have to be taken to protect the most vulnerable. John Rawls (1921 – 2002) maintained that inequalities in society can only be justified if they produce increased benefits for the entire society and only if those previously the most disadvantaged members of society are no worse off as a result of any inequalities.

It is important to bear in mind that the discharge of duty involves continuous dialogue as well. It is only if we have continuous feedback from the people that we may know if our governance is positive. The process of dialogue will therefore have to continue.

The final element of governance is Discipline. By discipline I mean the ability to ensure that the duties are discharged properly. Thus discipline will require transparency in action. We would welcome laws which involve the Freedom of Information so that people could be privy to the workings of the administration. The first element of discipline is knowing that everything that is done is visible to the public. The second aspect is accountability. If a person who is responsible for mismanagement or corruption is not held accountable there can be no hope for good governance. Imagine a scenario where a person is found to be responsible for causing millions of Rupees of loss to the State either through inefficiency or corruption. If no action is taken against such a person or if such a person is merely transferred to another Ministry, there is no incentive for people to work efficiently or refrain from corruption.

Fundamental to the idea of accountability is the existence of the Rule of law. For this an independent judiciary and a robust Bar are crucial. I have spoken at length on the problems faced in this regard in Sri Lanka at numerous other forums and do not consider it necessary to dwell on this aspect.

No system of Governance is fool proof. As Joseph Stiglitz points out regulatory capture in the United States has led to rising inequality and discontent. Good governance is a work in progress and an aspiration. It cannot be obtained through accident but through design. It is a process that requires great deal of attention and professional approach, supported by the public. I hope discussions such as this would encourage people to move from a system of patronage towards a system of professional Governance.

I thank the organizers for inviting me and thank the audience for their patient hearing.

*Justice C.V Wigneswaran, Chief Minster Northern Provincial Council Delivered the Opening Address at a Discussion on “Democratizing the North :A Dialogue on Governance, Development and Vulnerability” on January 10th 2014 at 9.00 am at Hotel Green Grass Hotel in  Jaffna. The Dialog was organized by the International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES) Justice Wigneswaran Spoke on the Governance

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    Imagine a Jaffna Muslim evicted by Tamils in 1990 and Tamils occupying his land for 24 years!

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      “Imagine a Jaffna Muslim evicted by Tamils in 1990 and Tamils occupying his land for 24 years”

      All Tamils are LTTE for warped minds which distort facts to suit their conditioned psyche.The LTTE’s was Fascistic like them.

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        LTTE = Liberation Tigers of TAMIL Elam!

        Tamils are the curse that befell SL and continues to live in Colombo, Kandy, Negombo, etc.

        Curse!

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        Imagine what the two Sinhala ladies married to racist man’s sons are going through at this moment! Are the ladies living freely in Colombo or held in captivity in Jaffna under the watch of Ananthi?

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          lal

          “Imagine what the two Sinhala ladies married to racist man’s sons are going through at this moment!”

          I am sure they would be happy they didn’t marry you.

          “Are the ladies living freely in Colombo or held in captivity in Jaffna under the watch of Ananthi?”

          Even if they are held in captivity they know its for their own good, they would be safe from you lot.

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          Your mental health must have suffered a set back at the thought of a Tamil marrying a Sinhalese especially two Sinhala women marrying Tamil men. You are a sad case.

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      Gotabaya forced Tamils from Colombo into buses. International outcry forced MR to reverse the action.

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    We are a triply blessed nation who are descendant from a lion, we don’t need good governance.

    We are the “wonder of Asia”

    All the countries including UK, USA, France,Canada all want to be like us but can never achieve that since they are not triply blessed LOL

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      “Pirapakaran oru payangaravathiyalla. Avar Thamil Inathin Viduthalikkaaha Poaradiya oru Maha Veeran” (Prabhakaran is not a terrorist. He is a great hero who fought for the freedom of the Tamil people) re-iterated Wigneswaran on Valvettithurai soil.”

      According to Wiggy that Mass Murderer Prabahkaran was a GOOD GOVERNOR and His Fascist clique were good Ministers.

      Wiggy without the Wig has forgotten the Lamp Post Killings of Tamils and the extermination of the Moderate Tamil Leaders.

      Kind Regards
      OTC

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        Well I am sure Wiggy hasn’t forgotten that neither the genocide of the Tamils Jan -May 2009

        By the way, why are you copying me? LOL

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          Genocide of the Tamils was done by those who sent 9 year old Vanni Tamil Children and women of child bearing age to their deaths fighting a Man’s war while keeping themselves, their children and their women safely out of reach of the Megalomaniac mass murderer Prabhakaran and his gang of thugs.

          LTTE was defeated because they did not have the Men to do the fighting. These “MEN” were cowards who used Children and Women of the poorest of the poor to do the fighting for this mythical “Historical Tamil Homeland” while they went either to the South to live amongst the Sinhalese (like yourself) or to the affluent West bypassing a safe haven, literally next door, in Tamil Nadu, where Religion, Language, culture, food and lifestyle was what they were used to from birth.

          That they forsake Tamil Nadu in favour of Australia and the West where everything about life was completely foreign, gives the Lie to the claim that they ran from Lanka for fear of death and not greed.

          These opportunistic cowards like yourself who sent Tamil Children and Tamil women to their deaths in tens of thousands, destroying several generations of Tamils, are today talking about Genocide with their tongues in their cheeks, shedding crocodile tears.

          These cowards, like yourself, who watched while the murderous LTTE was CHOPPING Tamil LIMBS and shooting them in the back for the crime of trying to escape the Human Shield without even a whimper of a protest would rather block highways waving Prabahkaran’s Terror flag and stage bogus Death Fasts (while tucking into Fast Food on the Sly) to save the lives of the Mass Murderer and his murderous thugs.

          These cowards did not see the pain of the Tamils held in a Human Shield and continued to pour money in support of the Megalomaniac Mass murderer instead of putting pressure on the Megalomaniac to allow those innocents to reach safety.

          To the Brahmins and the Vellalars such as yourself (the high casts who were just 25% of the Tamil population), used to treating the Rest of the Tamils as Chattel from time immemorial, sacrificing the chattel without any compunction was not a problem.

          Wiggy the High Cast, who we thought was immune from the high cast mentality and who we respected for his forthright stand while on the SC bench and later during CJ Shirani’s impeachment has turned out to be cut from the same Vellalar opportunistic cloth as his predecessors of 1920’s who wanted a Constitution that perpetuated their Hegemony over the Tamils.

          No self respecting Tamil, let alone a Supreme Court Judge, would claim that this Mass Murderer and Sadist Prabahkaran, who decimated moderate Tamil leadership is a Mahaveer, a Great Hero!

          You ask “By the way, why are you copying me? LOL”

          My first post on CT was on July 20, 2013 at 12:47 am and it has the same dark purple Avatar seen in this post. Here is the Link https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-genuinely-credible-estimate/comment-page-1/#comment-643027

          Since you claim you were here on CT before me as “Off the Cuff” please show a SINGLE post written with the GREEN avatar of yours that pre-dates mine.

          That will prove once and for all who is copying who! Yes you can copy my pseudonym but your intellect is not up to the task of challenging my arguments. But better luck next time.

          Your Alma Mater, St Thomas’s College, does produce Liars and Cheats and Cowards and other Scum of the Earth as well as Greats but it is helpless against remoulding the attitudes of those who for generations treated Human Beings as Animals and Chattel to be used and slaughtered or thrown away at will.

          Kind Regards,
          OTC

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            Brilliant!

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            Not really going to get into who was the first on this forum but surely you can take a new name right?

            As for the comment about STC (no I am not from there) but it is obvious you have a chip in the block to the school, maybe all private schools? is it because you yourself could not attend one? Inferiority complex maybe?

            Also, your timing of the comment (see each comment has the time posted) shows that you are living abroad, its all good for paper lions like you and paper tigers like some to comment, but the poor in sri lanka suffer.
            (I am not denying the fact that I live in England but then again I don’t go around shooting off like you)

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              My dear friend Dilbey,

              You say “Not really going to get into who was the first on this forum but surely you can take a new name right?”

              My Pseudonym has been around for about 6 years and I have written on many forums countering the Separatist terrorist propaganda. My posts deal with the truth and I support what I write with copious references. If I change that pseudonym just because an invertebrate decides to copy it there will be no end to it as the new one can be copied too. Do not negotiate or compromise with Terrorism in whatever form it surfaces.

              You ask “As for the comment about STC (no I am not from there) but it is obvious you have a chip in the block to the school, maybe all private schools? is it because you yourself could not attend one? Inferiority complex maybe?”

              My writing is evidence of my education, I don’t need to brag about the schools and Universities I attended.

              Re “Also, your timing of the comment (see each comment has the time posted) shows that you are living abroad,its all good for paper lions like you and paper tigers like some to comment, but the poor in sri lanka suffer.”

              Are you not Naive to use the timings of my posts to judge where I live? No my friend you are completely wrong I and my family lived through the indiscriminate bombs that blasted some of my colleagues here in Lanka. The timing indicates that I have been awake an in control of my faculties and not day dreaming.

              I was in UK when a few bombs went off in London in 2005. Though the London Bombs in comparison to what we went through for thirty years in Lanka were but firecrackers, the reaction of the British Govt was that of an impending nuclear attack and the cops went berserk on a wild spree of shooting to kill, to the point that even a Bona fide Tourist, carrying a knapsack was assumed to be a terrorist and was a legitimate target to be shot even after they were overpowered and lying helpless on a railway carriage floor. Two weeks into the London Bombings, Jean Charles de Menezes was shot when the Policeman emptied his pistol shooting 7 bullets at point blank range into his Skull. That Shoot to Kill policy is still alive in UK.

              If the Sri Lankan Govt adopted the same strategy as the UK govt, we would have been spared the loss of thousands of civilian lives and billions of economic losses. Then we would have been spared the specter of Nanthikadal as terrorism would have died a quicker death before it had a chance to grow to the overgrown cancer that it became later.

              Re ” (I am not denying the fact that I live in England but then again I don’t go around shooting off like you)”

              But what fascinates me is your focus on where I live and my education rather than the contents of my post. Is it because you have no counter to what I have written?

              Usually an Ad Hominem argument is the Hall Mark of an empty mind.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Dear Dibley, Sorry for the typo in your name
                Kind Regards, OTC

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                  “I was in UK when a few bombs went off in London in 2005.”

                  Porriki! you can study anywhere you like and have all the wealth but your class genes can never be exchanged- that is a fact displayed in your writings.

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                    Dear Javi,

                    What is displayed in your writings is a recurrent comprehension difficulty, a complete absence of logical argument and a frustration at the inability to counter the Truth.

                    But at least for a change can you write an intelligent comment please.

                    Kind Regards
                    OTC

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                      “But at least for a change can you write an intelligent comment please.”

                      `intelligence quotient`

                      Your IQ is below < 50 which does not surprise me as you are an offshot.
                      Your pop never wore `cuff` lings because he was a mere labourer.
                      Who the fuckocrite do you think you are to shoot memos at us?

                      Dao

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                  “Dear Javi, Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker? If so why?”

                  The difference between a low cast like you and I is that I told the woman what I had to tell her before I told you even a part of it. In any case it is a decade past the 21st centenary and we are into real time communication that does not call for asslicking peons like you.

                  BTW the party is all alone go suck if that is your profession imbecile.

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            Off the Cuff
            [The Original]

            Superb, powerful writing. Only someone who is passionate about truth and justice can write like that. Keep it up, my friend.

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              To off the cuff, keep your petty arguments off this forum, solve it somewhere else.

              Here we discuss how sri lanka is doing

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                Dear Rational Thinker,

                My pseudonym is “Off the Cuff” but my posts are anything but Off the Cuff. You call yourself a “Rational Thinker” but your posts are anything but Rational.

                If my arguments are petty it should be easy for a Rational Thinker like you to demolish them instead of relying on irrational musings like the one above.

                I hope your next “Rational” intellectual effort, will counter the arguments presented in mine of January 22, 2014 at 1:51 am

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  Off the cuff, the original (green logo?) and the other (brown logo) could you guys take your silly arguments somewhere else?

                  I like to read sensible comments and learn from them if possible in addition to the article. Posting long number of words which are mostly gibberish does not help anyone.

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                    Dear Dibley,

                    I can see you are utterly confused.
                    I don’t see ANY worthwhile contribution from you in your first post addressed to me. BTW the green guy is still searching for a post predating my own on CT!

                    Re “I like to read sensible comments and learn from them if possible in addition to the article”

                    If so why did you focus on my domicile and education instead of the primary content of my post of January 22, 2014 at 1:51 am? Was that because it is your idea of a sensible comment?

                    You see Dibley, you are like the Fox who could not reach the Grapes, nursing your wounded ego after attempting an Ad Hominem comment that has backfired.

                    But Better luck next time my friend.

                    Kind Regards
                    OTC

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                  “To the Brahmins and the Vellalars such as yourself (the high casts who were just 25% of the Tamil population), used to treating the Rest of the Tamils as Chattel from time immemorial,”

                  Your VP did not belong to either- period.

                  The Brits brought in the labour from TN to run the TEA which is still the main export item.

                  The Tamils living elsewhere at Lanka don’t need the 75% Go bury yourself because TN can once again provide the folk needed to run the show.

                  OTC just commit suicide and Sri Lankans would be happier without low breed morons like VP/OTC.

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                    Brahmin
                    Kshteriya
                    Vaishya
                    Shudra (Vellala)

                    Only in Tamil Nadu there is Shudra acendancy

                    Sinhalayas also Pandyan Shudras, dowry gift from kallathoni Vijaya genocider’s father in law.

                    All these low breeds can also get back, with their imported culture before the last of the Vaddha natives are wiped out permenently.

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              Thank you Just M.E.
              Kind Regards
              OTC

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        VELUPULLI WAS NOT THE CAUSE/SPARK OF OUR PROBLEMS
        HE WAS THE PRODUCT OF IT

        WILLIAM WALLACE (BRAVEHEART) WAS ALSO A TERRORIST
        AGAIN A PRODUCT OF ENGLISH TERROR
        HE COMPLEMENTED WITH A GREATER SCOTTISH TERROR
        HE KILLED SCOTTS WHO REFUSED TO JOIN HIM, ESPECIALLY THEIR CHIEFTANS

        WALLACE MADE ENGLISH PEE IN THEIR PANTS AND CHASED THEM UNTILL HE WAS KILLED
        SIMILARLY VELU CHASED US OFF FROM THE POONYAREN, KILLINOCHHI & MULATIVU & IN OUR OWN COLOMBO, CHASED THE MIGHTY INDIANS TOO, UNTILL HE WAS KILLED

        BOTH WERE BETRAYED BY THEIR OWN KIND.

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          Good one Belusubanam, and as we know Hitler was a product of the mean things the allies did to Germany. He too was a swell guy, like our Thalaivar.

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            ALLIES DID NOT EXIST BEFORE HITLER !!!

            IT SHOWS YOU HAVE NO KNOWLWDGE OF THE HISTORIES OF THE COUNTRIES MENTIONED

            HITLER WAS ONLY THE LAST JEW EXTERMINATOR IN EUROPE, COMPARABLE TO OUR VIJAYA.

            Think SL would have gained independence in 1948 without Hitler’s antics ??!!

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              Think SL would have gained independence in 1948 without Hitler’s antics ??!! …partly yes because it was actually a European war while European royalty is related

              It was Japans bombing of East India Outposts that was part of the cause and the Indians now having guns that UK had to give up and concentrate on building a blitzed London.

              Madras oil tanks were bombed, St Lucia’s cathedral -Col.-13 was bombed etc. They killed millions of Asians but don’t apologise- Zen opium of the masses another Tin Tin.

              Malaysia, Mauritius, independence 1968.

              Ceylon’s independence was an accident based on partition concept of I &P. Indonesia and Papua was exact opposite (Dutch ramification).

              Neither has worked which proves that we spend time in tittle tattle and like to be cared for like the Spanish Public.

              While Malaysia’s Indian and Chinese Singapore stole the show with its quality of life.

              9/11 changed the course of war in SL.
              If the Tamils loose the golden goose NaMo by infighting because he is a Brahmin then they can forget their dream. Infighting trade union authority type should be permanently exiled to Mugabe land because Brahmin TN does not need that Sulpher again.

              Dao.

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                Tamil Nadu is Insia’s only shudra power.

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            ParaPunda dev, how does Rajapuka [Edited out] taste? How do you manage to get rid if [Edited out]?

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              “Para Punda” in Tamil means “Foreign Cunt”. Is Dev a female from overseas?

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        Lal

        Your mental health must have suffered a set back at the thought of a Tamil marrying a Sinhalese especially two Sinhala women marrying Tamil men. You are a sad case.

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        You lost your bollocks down under and are selling your mums saree poor lankan tamil slum boy.

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    A thoughtful analysis indeed.
    However, the pity of it is that those who should be listening to it and responding reside in the land of the deliberately deaf!

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      Yes, We the Sinhala Buddhists will soon reclaim that land off the corrupt, foreign paid saboteurs who inherit from colonial vagabonds.

      Only that will produce a country that is not deaf, deliberately or otherwise.

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        Hard Luck technology has changed and even the geopolitics of 9/11 has changed. Come May and you will see the dawn of 2 giants whom you can never con. Because Buddhism was another Tin Tin story by Hindu Kings to keep the folk busy as at Saudi. Ask the Great Japanese and they can confirm it.

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    Well put Justice Wigneshwaran! Your have an uphill battle to go with the corrupt and criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
    But dialogue and exchange of ideas has been shut down including on this website by the Corrupt and Criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa military dictatorship that fear the people and flow of free information and dialogue..
    Look at the size of the military convoy that Jarapassa needs to feel safe and you know that there are NO ethics or principles or good governance with this regime.

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    The military cum police state foisted on the people of the north and which holds them in subjugation will be tough to dislodge.
    The regime’s immediate aim is to win the pending two provincial elections by whatever mens possible and pave the way for the president to win at the next presidential election.Nothing will be allowed to stand in the way.
    The purposefully ‘inefficient’ election apparatus will assist.
    The participation of the nothern governor in the NPC election was itself undemocratic. How can he hold the scales of justice in the administration of the province.
    Those who tell the truth of the oppressive governance are threatened with ‘rehabilitation’ which in sri lanka means being held incommunicado in army camps and indoctrinated under duress of ‘brainwashing’,poor accomodation & sustenance and slow purposeful intimidation and psychological torture by promised cosequences for non-cooperation.
    If a CM cannot inspect all parts of the province,how can there be ‘good governance’?
    The next ‘project’ is to attempt deceit at the pending UNHCR session that ‘all is well and good’ in the military cum police state.

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    Please translate and publish in SInhala. Land grabbing is not just in north but all over my the corrupt and criminal Rajapapksa family and Cabinet of uneducated clowns.
    We need to make a list of all the corrupt Ministers in Rajapassa cabinet and the charges against them and publish them also in a cartoon form to educate the masses; 1) the 4 Jarapassa brothers and their family land grabs – Basil Rajapaksa’s 400 room hotel in Passikudha beach. 2)Gota’s military and UDA city beautification contract kickbacks. 3) Namal’s Sports business and TV channel and youth business kickbacks. 4) Dimu Jayaratne and his son smuggling drugs from Pakistan
    5) Mahipala Sirisena, so called Minister of ILL Health who had not yet tabled the National drugs policy and bought by Pharma multinationals. For Sirisena corruption is a family business in his electorate Pollonaruwa. Sirisena who wants to be the next Prime Minister and his brother have land grabbed State reservoir reservation land and built the massive and ugly Sudu Araliya Hotel in Pollonaruwa on the Parakrama Samudra Bund and so the tank is not allowed to fill up and farmers do not get water in the dry season and their livelihoods are being destroyed. Farmers today are committing suicide. The Jarapassa regime is destroying agriculture
    6) Minister of Agriculture who is bought by multinational agribusiness companies. The new Seed Bill is an attack on biodiversity of Lanka and the seed bill is an attack on the Agriculture sector and farmers of the country.
    The environment minister who has no clue about environment impact assessments. Peacocks hit plane at the Mattala Jarapassa airport in Hambantota and will be killed off by GOta just like the stray dogs of Colombo were for CHOGM circus. Mattala airport because the place is so infrequently used and is a massive white elephant, the peacocks who were DISPLACED to build this massive white elephant have returned since planes only come there rarely, but the cost of maintaining that airport is staggering. Environmental destruction, selling out biodiversity to the multinationals with the new seed Bill and no National Drugs Policy is the so-called development model of the uneducated Jarapassa brothers. Now Sri Lankan Airlines another white elephant and corrupt Jarapassa family business is set to raise a huge bond to pay off its debts and keep the white elephant airline in flight. The whole tourism sector will crash after sanctions go into effect! A few examples..

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    Your Honour, I live close to Flower Road, Colombo 7.

    I share the feeling with you that our lands are also being occupied by people who speak a different language and look slightly different to us.

    But we haven’t complained to the Brtish, the Americans, the Canadians or the Indians or to the UN. We try to co-exist.

    So on what grounds are you saying “your” lands are occupied by the military? Is that the only land you have or are there other lands too you would like us to vacate?

    How do you plan to stop the re-emergence of terrorists and terrorism through weapons transport with the help of foreigners to the North? Don’t we have a right to stop terrorism, using “our” armed forces? Are they not “your” forces too?

    By the way, you keep on saying you are not a politician but engage in the dirtiest form of politics for personal gain.

    And another thing, if you want to re-write historical texts, start with the Thirukkural. We are happy with the Maha Vamsa

    you are a disgrace to Sri lankan post-terrorism politics and you should enter a retirement home rather than go to Jaffna and raise rabble there.

    DOWN WITH YOU.

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      .
      Why don’t you ask your neighbours for how much they sold their land? Your ‘same language’ people sold their land to those ‘different language’ people to make profit.

      But, in the North, ‘your’ armed forces are forcefully taking the land for free.

      :-)

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        aratai

        Have you heard of whispering campaign making the round among the upper caste upper class Sinhala/Buddhists?

        This is an unofficial campaign to prevent Sinhala/Buddhists selling their land to Muslims.

        Tamils and Sinhalese are pathetic aren’t they?

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          Veddahaami, so what do you think of the 100% non-discriminatory Thesavalamai law that forbids Tamils in the north from selling land to non-Tamils, a law that has been there for generations?

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            Punakku recycler

            “Thesavalamai law that forbids Tamils in the north from selling land to non-Tamils, a law that has been there for generations?”

            Could you quote chapter and verses that clearly banning the sale of land to non Tamil.

            Being a stupid Sri Lankan, you should learn to ask questions only after reading the content of Thesavalamai.

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              Yes when you have nothing substantial to say, you clowns always resort to name-calling. So I ask you, O smart one, to get your head out of your rectal cavity and admit that non-Tamils aren’t allowed to buy land in Jaffna. The Vellalar Tamils don’t even sell property to lower caste Tamils.

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                What do you know about land situation in Jaffna? You hear hearsay and repeat here as if you have authenticated everything what you write here! Let me tell; you know nothing and nothing whatsoever!

                “Thesavalamai law” Since you mentioned Thesavalami, lets talk about it and what its implication to the Non-Jaffna people. Can you show me a single instance where the Thesavalami prevented any outsider to Jaffna from buying land or property? What do you understand about Thesavalami? Why it is necessary to resolve family disputes? What happens to titles of deed when a husband dies without a will? Could you care to answer all these questions? We can then take this debate forward. I do not want you prevaricate or avoid anything if I may ask!

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                  Burning_Issue

                  Punakku recycler is not the first one to raise the issue of Thesawalami nor will be the last.

                  These stupid people never ever bothered to read on this subject yet claim to be experts, well on all subjects.

                  Vibushna chappy contested the veracity of Sangam literature. When repeatedly questioned he didn’t respond.

                  Stupid Rattaran wrote the following comment earlier as if he was and expert on Thirukkural

                  “And another thing, if you want to re-write historical texts, start with the Thirukkural. We are happy with the Maha Vamsa”

                  Punakku recycler, Vibushna and Rattaran just drop names to impress their partners without knowing the subjects.

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                    Native,

                    The Sinhala Buddhist chauvinistic materials are outdated! I exchanged views with Off the Cuff on Groundviews a few years back; it was established that the Thesavalamai does not prevent outsiders buying land in Jaffna. Moreover, Thesavalami applies to Jaffna Tamils regardless of where they live in the country; a court case in 1989 stand as testimony for this!

                    On Groundviews, it was fairly and squarely established that:

                    1. Thesavalami does not prevent outsiders buying land in Jaffna
                    2. There was no conspiracy on the part of the Jaffna Tamils to marginalise the Sinhala in state employment.
                    3. There was no organised divide and rule policy on the part of the British
                    4. The British or British based missionaries did not set up schools in Jaffna in order educate the Tamils better than the Sinhala.

                    These fools are being fed with nonsense and they buy it without raising an eyelid!

                    Thirukural is not a religious or historical document; it is a philosophical master piece applies to all; I hope someone will teach him that.

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                      Dear Burning Issue,

                      I had this debate with you about 6 years ago and changed my views about the Thesawalami being a pernicious law after my own research found a Supreme Court Judgement which explained it’s purpose. I provided you with the reference then and I do not have it now. Since you refer to the court case in 1989 I believe you still have the link. Can you please post it here for reference?

                      Since then I have defended the Thesawalami. Here is an extract from my post to Ravana in June 2012.

                      “The Thesawalami requires that if any property is to be sold out of a Tamil Family to anyone else, the first option of purchase should be given to the Family members. Amongst other things Thesawalami also deals with ownership of spouse’s property. It is a Community law just like Kandyan Law or Muslim Shariya Law”. (http://groundviews.org/2012/06/04/gotabhaya-rajapaksa-on-ethnicity-in-northern-sri-lanka-post-war/#comment-1002087372 )

                      But is the Thesawalami as benign as it is made out to be? Two years on, I again have doubts.

                      Muttukrishna Sarvananthan writing on GroundViews says “Certain provisions of the traditional customary law governing the NP, viz. Thesawalamai law, are inimical to women’s equality in
                      society.
                      A need to reform the Thesawalamai law is long overdue”.

                      My own research subsequent to my defending the Thesawalami has made it clear to me that 75% of the Tamils in the Northern province are not Land Owners. They were even confined to designated areas of the North as they were a servile class. They did not have a choice in where they could live. Hence they never had mobility of domicile nor did they have social mobility.

                      Ownership of Land was restricted to 25% of the Tamil population who did not even allow water to be drawn from public wells to the 75% servile population even to quench their thirst. Hence expecting the Land Owners to sell Land to the servile population is certainly a Tall Order.

                      These are incontrovertible facts of life in the North.

                      Hence what did the Thesawalami protect?
                      The rights of the Landed 25% or the rights of the Landless 75%

                      Against this background the Thesawalami together with Peer Pressure will prevent Land Ownership by the servile class in the North.

                      Ravana in his counter reply to me states the following

                      Quote
                      PFAFFENBERGBERRY, ANC. Caste in Tamil culture: the religiousfoundations of Sudra domination in Tamil Sri Lanka (S. Asian Ser. 7).xii, 257pp., tables, bibliogr. New York: Syracuse Univ., 1982

                      The Cultural Dimension of Tamil Separatism in Sri Lanka
                      Bryan Pfaffenberger Asian Survey, Vol. 21, No. 11. (Nov., 1981), pp. 1145-1157.

                      The Political Construction of Defensive Nationalism: The 1968 Temple-Entry Crisis in Northern Sri Lanka Bryan Pfaffenberger The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 49, No. 1. (Feb., 1990), pp. 78-96.

                      you will see the nature of what “out sider” means in the traditional Jaffna culture. It is nothing to be proud of (any more than that of the Kandyan anachronism).”
                      End quote

                      Vichara in the course of a debate with Dr Devanesan Nessaiah stated the following,

                      Quote
                      A stark fact that DN has forgotten is that Tamil leaders tried very hard to canvass the Soulbury Commission against adult franchise. It is on record that Sir Ponnampalam had pleaded with the Commissioners that the constitution they proposed was extremely ill suited to the needs of the country, and when they replied that, he was the one who was out of tune with times, Ramanathan, in sheer exasperation, had cried out, “It is meaningless casting pearls before swine”!”
                      End quote

                      Vichara in another post made the following comment

                      Quote
                      “An incontrovertible statement on the status of the Tamil community before independence comes from J.N. Dixit who was the controversial Indian High Commissioner during the Indian intervention in Sri Lanka, in his book Assignment Colombo (page 9).

                      “The origins of the prejudices and the antagonisms between the Sinhalese and the Tamils lie in a manner in the role the Tamils played during the British colonial period. They played on the apprehensions of the Tamil minority and used them as an instrument of their colonial regime. The result was that Tamils became disproportionately influential in the management of Sri Lankan political and economic affairs right to till the time of the country’s independence. Tamils also became economically dominant in the non-agricultural sectors of Sri Lankan society because of their association with the colonial rulers and their comparatively aggressive entrepreneurship. So the historical, ethnic and religious antagonism was compounded by the Sinhalese feeling of being discriminated against and unfairly treated by the British with the support of the Tamils.”

                      It is accepted that every government after independence took specific affirmative action to alleviate this discrimination experienced by the majority community. It is noted that even with the affirmative actions taken by successive governments the percentage of posts held by the Tamil community exceeded their population ratio of 12.7 percent.

                      The following statistics are from a publication titled Inter- Racial & national Unity in Sri Lanka- of the Marga Institute in January 1985

                      Table 8- Tamil employment as State Personnel- 1972

                      Administrative, Professional and Technical Grades 28.5 %
                      Middle grades 15.3%
                      School Teachers 11.6%
                      Minor employees 10.6%
                      Labour grades 11.6%

                      Public Sector Employment of Tamils 1980

                      Professional, Technical & related work 12.11 %
                      Administrative & managerial workers 15.5 %
                      Clerical & related 13.2 %
                      Sales workers 14.2 %

                      Table 10- Tamil employment in Senior Administrative, Professional and Technical Grades 1982

                      Heads of Departments 16.25 %
                      Deputies 19.31 %
                      Assistants 15.57 %
                      All other senior grades 19.31 %

                      Table 9- Tamil employment as professionals – percentage

                      Attorney at law 27.97
                      Medical practitioners 38.58
                      Architects 21.61
                      Accountants & auditors 46.78
                      Engineers 34.05
                      University Staff up to
                      Library assistants 22.22
                      All professions 33.6 “

                      End Quote

                      Re “4. The British or British based missionaries did not set up schools in Jaffna in order educate the Tamils better than the Sinhala.”

                      Given the foregoing it is difficult to believe that they did not do it. However, Education required Baptism as the responsibility for education was vested with the Church instead of the govt.

                      Some Tamils resisted this forced conversions from their religion but many did convert in order to get an education. Hinduism was a God believing religion and perhaps that made it easier to replace the God.

                      The Sinhalese resistance to conversion was stronger than in the North and they preferred to stay out of Church Education than submit to coercion. This resistance to colonial rule is also seen in the refusal of the Sinhalese to till the land which was owned by them before the Waste Lands Acts and similar acts grabbed that land from them.

                      Kind Regards
                      OTC

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                      “Thesawalamai law, are inimical to women’s equality in” I did make this point when this subject was debated all those years ago! I since made this very point several times on CT! Our family house is being transferred to my sister; my mother cannot pass the title over after passing of my father; all siblings have to endorse it! It is the only weakness in the context of gender equality; it is outdated and unfair. However, it acts as a code of practice in relation to family disputes; courts often use the provisions to rule on disputes and parties are satisfied to accept the rulings.

                      It needs to be updated congruous with modern standards or do away with it all together. That said; there is no basis whatsoever for the Sinhala Buddhists chauvinists to use this to bash the Tamils!

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                      With regards to rest of the issues; there is no use in regurgitating old failed arguments again and again!

                      The British employed more Tamils because there were comparatively more English speaking Tamils!
                      The American Missionaries were heavily involved in setting up schools in Jaffna
                      Tamils converted to Christianity proportionally in lower numbers than the Sinhala
                      The Tamil took advantage of the Christian schools without converting to Christianity; each class consisted of 95% Hindus just to give a perspective!

                      The Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists concocted these meths in order to bash the Tamils. The effect of that is that many Sinhala Buddhists youngsters are being influenced by these false claims!

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                      Very interesting stats, OTC. Sinhalese really, really suck at committing “genocide” don’t they? It seems Tamils “genocided” themselves on their own far more over the past 30 years than Sinhalese could ever manage LOL.

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                      Dear Burning Issue,

                      When an Owner dies without disbursing his/her assets it goes to probate, as a Will if any, has to be proved. If an owner dies intestate that estate still goes to probate with a court appointed administrator. It is not something new. Hence if your Father owned the property and he died intestate what the Thesawalami dictates is no different to any other intestate property.

                      My defence of the Thesawalami against Ravana was based on my understanding that it is a community law like any other community law in Lanka. But my apprehensions today, two years after I defended it, stems from the FACT that only a MINORITY amongst the Jaffna population OWNED LAND to begin with. Please see my answer to Anpu below (January 23, 2014 at 3:16 am).

                      It is a FACT that those LAND OWNERS fall within a 25% MINORITY of the Northern Population. To be Specific they are even a smaller minority of that 25% Ruling Class of Brahmins and Vellalars.

                      Hence the Thesawalami, together with Peer Pressure acts to keep Land Ownership, within this small coterie of Land Owners, who are all Brahmins and Vellalars. Though a Community Law, it serves to protect the Land Owners not the whole community.

                      Re “That said; there is no basis whatsoever for the Sinhala Buddhists chauvinists to use this to bash the Tamils!”

                      Your use of the word “Tamil” is deceptive because you are hiding a Tyrannical minority of Tamils behind that word. Power in the North is not wielded by Tamils but by a small coterie of Tyrannical Tamils. Hence if anyone is using the Thesawalami to bash anyone as you claim, those who are getting bashed is the Tyrannical Minority who are hiding behind the word “Tamil”.

                      Chauvinists are flag wavers and all of us know who they are.

                      Re “The Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists concocted these meths in order to bash the Tamils.”

                      When did Dixit become a Sinhalese Buddhist?

                      Mr. Jyotindra Nath Dixit was a Chenai born Indian. He was India’s national security adviser and as India’s Foreign Secretary he shaped Indian Foreign Policy.

                      As the Indian High Commissioner for Lanka he was heavily involved in negotiating the Indo Lanka Agreement that brought the 13A. He was a strong man and was known as “India’s Viceroy in Colombo”.

                      When LTTE leader Pulendran and 17 other LTTE terrorists were apprehended by the Sri Lankan navy in the Palk Straits with a boatload of arms and ammunition, Dixit wanted General Harkirat Singh of the IPKF to militarily take over the Pallaly Air Force base in order to prevent the Terrorists from being sent to Colombo for prosecution.

                      His partiality if any, was with the Madrasis and the Tamils. Dixit was no lover of the Sinhalese let alone the Sinhala Buddhists as you try to allege.

                      You cannot sweep under your often used Carpet of “Chauvinist Sinhala Buddhist” what Dixit says here “The origins of the prejudices and the antagonisms between the Sinhalese and the Tamils lie in a manner in the role the Tamils played during the British colonial period. They played on the apprehensions of the Tamil minority and used them as an instrument of their colonial regime. The result was that Tamils became disproportionately influential in the management of Sri Lankan political and economic affairs right to till the time of the country’s independence.”

                      According to Dixit “the historical, ethnic and religious antagonism was compounded by the Sinhalese feeling of being discriminated against and unfairly treated by the British with the support of the Tamils.”

                      Living in denial of these facts do not help reconciliation.

                      quote
                      Children who are obliged to go to these missionary schools are forced by the missionaries, under pain of fines and expulsion, to read the Bible whether they liked it or not. … Hindu boys who, for want of their own English schools, resort to the missionary schools, have learnt to make mental reservations and are getting skilled in the art of dodging. The Holy ashes put on at home during worship are carefully rubbed off as they approach the Christian school and they affect the manner of Christian boys while in school.
                      Unquote (From coffee to Tea …. Roland Wenzlhuemer p208)

                      Education was the domain of the missionaries and they used it to proselytise the non Christians. Brownrigg’s Colonial Govt supported the missionaries and the Church of England became the official Church of the State. The govt schools came under it’s supervision.

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                Punakku recycler

                You are a stupid man indeed.

                I ask you a simple question look what I get is a stupid comment.

                This was my question in case you have missed it.

                Could you quote chapter and verses that clearly banning the sale of land to non Tamil.

                “The Vellalar Tamils don’t even sell property to lower caste Tamils.”

                Where the hell you’ve been all these years since 1950s?

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                If you don’t know the subject, it is better to shut up, rather than showing your ignorance!!!

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                Even in the west when the neighborhood changes and problem folk buy-in then the decent folk move out. Therefore most folk are choosy to whom they sell and also form communities to keep a tab on law and order.
                That is the meaning of T Law.

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            Dear OTC,

            Where did you get this information from?
            “Ownership of Land was restricted to 25% of the Tamil population who did not even allow water to be drawn from public wells to the 75% servile population even to quench their thirst. Hence expecting the Land Owners to sell Land to the servile population is certainly a Tall Order. “

            Tx

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              The other Johnny-come-lately off the cuff makes up numbers in his head to tarnish the Tamils LOL
              Go outside the borders and ask about your triply blessed land, yep stinking to high heavens

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              Dear Anpu,

              From Ms Pearl Thevanayagam’s article, Pernicious caste curse of Tamils living in the dark ages.

              “As a 12 year old I became conscious of how Tamils used the caste system to enslave least 75 percent of the Tamil population by obtaining their services virtually free based on their belonging to the servile class.”

              I did not expect a Northern Tamil to challenge the rest of my post as they would know that I was writing the truth. But since you have challenged me I have no alternative but to explain the environment in which the Majority of the Northern Tamils lived.

              Dr Nagalingam Ethirweerasingham former President Global Tamil Forum writes in one of his essays thus

              “Annai, Why should I not drink water from the well near St Anthony’s church? I asked with concern. “Is it bad water?” “No. You won’t get sick from that water. Low caste people are not allowed to draw water from our wells. So they dug their own well. High caste people do not eat or drink with them….. That well is reserved for the low caste people. Others are to drink from the well at the roadside……Who gave you water from that well?” asked Ammah. “Simeon.” “Ah, we should teach him a lesson,” said someone from behind.

              Just like the Designated Wells, the servile class could not chose where they lived. They had designated places where they could live. It was an open prison.

              Mr. Neville Jayaweera Government Agent (highest ranking Civil Servant) of Jaffna, writes after extensive research at the Jaffna Public Library.

              Quote
              “Even in the mid 1960s, the following principles defined what it meant to be a non-Vellala.

              1. Regardless of natural endowments, anyone born a non-Vellala was frozen into his particular station for all of his life, be it fishing, tree climbing, road sweeping or whatever. Heredity was a cast iron frame from which there was no escape.
              2. They dared not marry anyone from the Vellala caste.
              3. They were not allowed into premises occupied by the Vellalas except for doing the tasks they was born into.
              4. They did not have access into temples owned or managed by Brahmins or Vellalas. In other words, they were non-persons.
              5. They did not have access into Hindu schools or to proceed for higher education. This barrier was breached effectively only when missionary schools began to proliferate, much to the consternation of Hindu leaders.
              6. They could not reside outside their villages.
              7. They could not drink at the village well nor use any other public amenity outside their own villages.
              8. They could not wear jewellery, nor ride in carriages nor use drums at any ceremony.
              9. When they died they could not be cremated or buried on land reserved for the Vellalas.
              unquote

              A word about Mr Neville Jayaweera.

              He was the General Manager of the Gal Oya Development Board (1961/63) and was hand picked by the Prime Minister Mrs Bandaranaike and Mr N.Q. Dias to implement the Official Languages Act (OL) in Jaffna. As the GA Jaffna (1963/66) he recognised the injustice of implementing the OL act in an overwhelmingly Tamil locality and convinced the PM to allow him to implement the yet ungazetted Reasonable Use of Tamil Act instead. He was told he could do so unofficially. Due to him the Official Language Act (popularly known as the Sinhala Only Act) was never implemented in Jaffna. The precedent he set during 1963/66 made it easy for the GAs that followed.

              As you can observe No Vellala or Brahmin would sell land to a member of the Servile Class. Even in the highly unlikely event that a Vellala or Brahmin wanted to sell to a member of the Servile class the Thesawalami requires that person to offer it to the Family first. The servile class had no mobility on matters domicile. They were stuck in Ghettos. Hence they would not be landlords in any real sense of the word.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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                Dear OTC,
                Thanks for your reply. We have caste system among both Sinhalese and Tamils. No one can deny that.

                Problem in drawing water from well, etc. is not happening any more as you described. It is not fully gone yet. But it is disappearing fast.

                Kind regards
                Anpu

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                  Dear Anpu,

                  Yes I agree with you but what you have in the North is Slavery in the name of Cast. That abject subjugation of a people (75% of them) does not exist anywhere in Lanka other than in the North.

                  “The central characteristic of Jaffna’s caste structure was the congruence of heredity with economic and social deprivation. That is to say, if someone was born into any of the non-Vellala castes, he was permanently locked into his prescribed role, and was also inextricably tied to his village. He had no opportunities for betterment, or for upward or territorial mobility, however clever or entrepreneurial he may be.

                  This was in sharp contrast to the Sinhala caste system, where anyone outside the dominant Goigama caste could not only match, but often excel the Goigama in economic and social power. That was not possible within the Tamil caste system, within which no one outside the hallowed Vellala caste could aspire to heights that were the preserve of the Vellalas.” (Quote from former GA Jaffna Mr NJ)

                  Re “Problem in drawing water from well, etc. is not happening any more as you described. It is not fully gone yet. But it is disappearing fast.”

                  Though you questioned me, you knew all along that my comment was Truthful and Factual. Though you try to mitigate the effect you admit that it is still existing. Perhaps the sources I gave, stalled any further challenge!

                  How Fast is Fast? This is 2014, Sixty Six years after Independence and yet the Tamil writers who are mostly High Cast Brahmins and Vellalars try to fool the world by saying that they are subjugated by the Sinhalese, when the TRUTH is, that the subjugation has continued even to this day in the Tamil Heartland, the Jaffna Peninsular, where Tamils subjugate Tamils and Practice Apartheid.

                  Tamil writers who write about oppression of Tamils, use the word “Tamil” in the same way they use the phrase “Tamil Speaking”. In the former the real oppressor the Ruling Land owning class of Tamils try to homogenise with the Servile Tamils that they despise and in the later they try to homogenise with the Muslims that they despise and ethnically cleansed.

                  Kind Regards
                  OTC

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                    Dear OTC,
                    Thank you for the reply.

                    *******Caste is not a major issue any more.******

                    TAMIL GENOCIDE is the major issue.

                    “Though you questioned me, you knew all along that my comment was Truthful and Factual.” *******Not any more – it is not true and factual*******.

                    In the list you gave (copied below) is not true any more. I am from a “vellala” caste. In 60s, I studied with students from “low caste”, I went to their homes, they visited my home, we played together ate together, they are allowed to enter the temples…

                    Students who studied with me went to do medicine, engineering,…

                    Marrying between caste started happening in those days…

                    In 60s – No one worked for free in my village or surrounding villages. May be Ms Pearl Thevanayagam’s family managed to get free services.

                    “He had no opportunities for betterment, or for upward or territorial mobility” – This is not based on caste any more.
                    “1. Regardless of natural endowments, anyone born a non-Vellala was frozen into his particular station for all of his life, be it fishing, tree climbing, road sweeping or whatever. Heredity was a cast iron frame from which there was no escape. 2. They dared not marry anyone from the Vellala caste. 3. They were not allowed into premises occupied by the Vellalas except for doing the tasks they was born into. 4. They did not have access into temples owned or managed by Brahmins or Vellalas. In other words, they were non-persons. 5. They did not have access into Hindu schools or to proceed for higher education. This barrier was breached effectively only when missionary schools began to proliferate, much to the consternation of Hindu leaders. 6. They could not reside outside their villages. 7. They could not drink at the village well nor use any other public amenity outside their own villages. 8. They could not wear jewellery, nor ride in carriages nor use drums at any ceremony. 9. When they died they could not be cremated or buried on land reserved for the Vellalas. unquote”

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                      “After an assessment of evidences presented by eyewitnesses and experts, judges of the Permanent People’s Tribunal reached unanimous consensus that the Sri Lankan state was guilty of crimes of genocide against the Eezham Tamils and that the genocide is continuing even after the end of the military operations against the LTTE.”
                      Sri Lankan state genocide that is intended, structural and ongoing – http://xa.yimg.com/kq/groups/5031360/1068917422/name/pt_bremen_2013december.pdf

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                  Hello Anpu,

                  “in drawing water from well”

                  You don’t need to apologise because it is real even in the western world.

                  When even a white north European undergraduate girl takes a temporary backpackers job at reception they are asked to tidy the place every morning by moping when necessary.
                  If you need the cash do it or just leave it because there are others to do it.I have seen this even way back in the 80’s- its called dignity of labour. The Germans and Japanese are great because they are proud of what they do.

                  This OTC is Trade Union Authority Hypocrite.

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                “From Ms Pearl Thevanayagam’s article, Pernicious caste curse of Tamils living in the dark ages.”

                So PT and you are labour class and you would like to become aristocrats.
                Its not possible as much as Bill Gates can never be a Prince.

                I live in beautiful surroundings in the center of the capital where I hear only the sound of birds and would sell it over to Boston Brahmin for 1/2 price than hand it to known trouble makers for double price. The reason for this is we can see what is happening around us in the west. Tamil Law never taught me this but my travels from east to west. To an untrained mind we may sound racist but we belong to many races so how can we be?

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                  Dear Javi,

                  Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker? If so why?

                  Kind Regards
                  OTC

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                    She missed the opportunity and is stuck in a studio wherein if she cooks a curry she cannot sleep. So the woman is sick now but not enough to find a single bed. This is what happens to folk with dog in the manger attitude.

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                      Dear Javi,

                      I can see you cannot understand the language, hence I will repeat my question. If you still cannot understand it please get someone to explain it to you before you reply.

                      Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker?
                      If so why?

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                      “you cannot understand the language”

                      Your father or mother never studied Latin and Greek neither have you cottefuckshit. Neither were we converted to any religion to attend the school of our liking because we paid for it as always.
                      Go throw your parents in the well because they bore a low caste scum.
                      fuckshit off the cum the breed counts .

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                      Dear Javi,

                      I was not mistaken about your intellect or your breeding. You write an Excellent character certificate for yourself.

                      You wrote “Your VP did not belong to either- period”

                      The ONLY thing common to VP and me is that Both of us are Sri Lankan. Which means that you are not Sri Lankan. Perhaps an uncouth imbecile from TN.

                      Re “The Brits brought in the labour from TN…”

                      Of course the Brits brought your ancestors here. They were fighting amongst themselves to come here because the Pittance and the Squalid living conditions the Brits offered them looked heavenly to what they had back home in your Hometown in Tamil Nadu.

                      “to run the TEA which is still the main export item”

                      Our Agriculture and hence our Food in which we were self sufficient was destroyed in establishing a cash crop. It was impossible to reverse it as the Economy by then was made dependent on Tea. Therefore it remains our main export. But I would not expect an imbecile, literate only in Filth to understand that!

                      Re “The Tamils living elsewhere at Lanka don’t need the 75% .. ”

                      I can see you despise the 75% Servile Lanka Tamils living under the tyranny of the 25% High cast rulers.

                      Re “Go bury yourself because TN can once again provide the folk needed to run the show”

                      Of course we know that the majority in your Hometown in Tamil Nadu, are like yourself, still living in squalor and abject poverty and we know many of them cross the Palk Straits to work in Lanka illegally.

                      You wrote “Who the fuckocrite do you think you are to shoot memos at us?”

                      Judging from what you write, infinitely superior to you. So superior that you don’t even have a hope in hell doing catch up!

                      You wrote “.. Your father or mother never studied Latin and Greek neither have you cottefuckshit. Neither were we converted to any religion to attend the school of our liking because we paid for it as always. Go throw your parents in the well because they bore a low caste scum. fuckshit off the cum the breed counts

                      WOW you have been taught a lot of Latin and Greek! Where did you learn all that Language? Home from your parents or associates in the Red Light district that you call home?

                      Of course the Breed counts, who the Low Bred moron is, is patently clear, to all who read your comments!

                      You say “OTC just commit suicide and Sri Lankans would be happier without low breed morons like VP/OTC.”

                      VP was sent to his maker courtesy the SL armed forces.
                      I will be here long after you are gone.

                      And as far as the Pedigree is concerned your language indicates that you are DEFINITELY from Sonagachi or Kamathipura!

                      Instead of Heeing and Hawing and spewing the Latin and Greek you learned, please answer the question that you have been avoiding all along.

                      Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker? If so why?

                      Kind Regards
                      OTC

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                      “But I would not expect an imbecile, literate only in Filth to understand that!”

                      Go [Edited out] Does it get into your head now.

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                      Dear Javi,

                      Yours of January 24, 2014 at 7:31 pm refers

                      You wrote “Go [Edited out] Does it get into your head now”

                      Proves my point doesn’t it?
                      The only literacy that you posses is what you picked up from the gutter, my friend from Tamil Nadu.

                      Let me ask you again the question you have been ducking since you started regurgitating that filthy “Latin and Greek” of yours.

                      Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker? If so why?

                      Kind Regards,
                      OTC

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                    `I will be here long after you are gone.` Ha ha your PP has no value.

                    Keep on sucking karunas/douglas pussy because they are your master.

                    As far as I am concerned I have always walked tall with the Sinhalese and Maharashtraians.
                    I don’t need stupid SL tamils when there are Ceylonese Tamils In Malaysia who are still the 2nd richest.

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                      .

                      Dear Javi,

                      Here is yet another example of your poor language skills preventing you from making a coherent argument, not surprising when it is limited to what is picked up from the gutters of Sonagachi and Kamathipura Red Light districts!

                      You said “OTC just commit suicide and Sri Lankans would be happier without low breed morons like VP/OTC.” </i.

                      I said, I will be here long after you are gone.

                      Now you say “Ha ha your PP has no value”

                      My goodness Javi did you not know I don’t need a PP to stay in my OWN country?

                      You say “Keep on sucking karunas/douglas pussy because they are your master”

                      That Sonagachi and Kamathipura Traits to the fore!
                      Were you raised by Eunuchs?

                      You say “As far as I am concerned I have always walked tall with the Sinhalese and Maharashtraians”

                      Any imbecile can believe that he is the greatest but that imbecile would be living in a Fool’s paradise.

                      You say “I don’t need stupid SL tamils when there are Ceylonese Tamils In Malaysia who are still the 2nd richest”

                      What a clown you have turned out to be.
                      You are an uncouth Tamil from the gutters of Tamil Nadu who would make any self respecting Tamil ashamed of you.

                      SL Tamils are not fools like you say. They have the intelligence to respect their Tamilness instead of looking up and spitting like you.

                      Now please answer the question that you have been avoiding.

                      Is Ms Pearl Thevanayagam a trouble maker? If so why?

                      Kind Regards
                      OTC

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                  THE CASTE SYSTEM AMONG SL TAMILS HAVE NOT FLOURISHED THE PAST 30 YEARS. EVEN BEFORE THE BARBERS AND THE SWEEPERS FORCED THEIR WAY IN TO THE FARMER TEMPLES. THE CASTE SYSTEM MAY BE MORE PREVALENT YET IN THE SINHALA COMMUNITY THAN THE TAMIL.

                  The Karriars were ritually superior in their areas.
                  Their Temples were managed by them.
                  They are a smaller population.
                  Some eat fish and into sailing and others into rice and daal and ploughing.

                  BRAHMIN
                  KSHATERIYA
                  VAISHYA
                  SHUDRA (Vellala)

                  Tamil Nadu is India’s only Shudra power.

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                    Dear Nallthambi,

                    Cast amongst Northern Tamils is not dead. In fact it has been exported to Canada, UK and where ever Jaffna Tamils have gone to.

                    Here is a quote from a PhD thesis from Ms. Bahirathy Jeeweshwara Räsänen (School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research)

                    Caste transformation. A case study on Vellalah identity in relation to the Tamil nation project in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

                    Field work was conducted in Jaffna during the period 2004-2007.

                    The Tamil nation project, when it transformed from a constitutional to a militant phase in tha late 1970s, especially in the hands of LTTE, caste was forced to sit on the back seat of the national room. Yet this study captured the motion of caste during this phase, which was vigorous, multiplex and insurmountable, and hence it could not be alleviated. It also showed how Vellalh, as a hegemonic identity construction of Tamil culture in Jaffna had dominated the domains of politics, leadership, relgion, education, land ownership, and thus others castes with their unique lifestyles. It has shown overall how a cultural construction of hegemonic identity had been reproduced the superiority via caste, and hence an ‘us and them’ within through multiple ways.

                    Kind Regards
                    OTC

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      That is the problem.

      Sinhalese must also evict Tamils OUT of Colombo.

      Then they will understand. Until then they will continue their apartheid.

      Well done Cyril Matthews. We need a hundred of them now.

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      Rattaran

      “And another thing, if you want to re-write historical texts, start with the Thirukkural. We are happy with the Maha Vamsa”

      What is Thirukkural and whats wrong with it? I never heard of this history book of the Tamils.

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    Can the Rajapakses understand this?
    Their cabinet members?

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    Will CT give the readers the speech made by the Chief Minister yesterday at the Cancer Hospital opening ceremony please?
    Thank you.

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    3 D’s ……. my foot.

    This is what DBS wrote about this Wacko Wiggy’s electioneering:
    [dbsjeyaraj.com]

    “The Tamil media particularly those controlled or influenced by tiger and pro-tiger elements are replete with reports of radical speeches made by Wigneswaran. These speeches are rousing in nature and appeal to people’s emotions. It must be said that Wigneswaran is not the only Tamil politician playing to the gallery. There are many which is hardly surprising or unexpected. But it is Wigneswaran as the premier TNA candidate who has the most profound impact. Naturally the Tamil media relishes this transfiguration and provides much publicity to the words of Wigneswaran.

    What saddens this writer is the sight of an eminent ex-judge demeaning himself by pandering to the whims and fancies of hawkish Tamil elements in the Island and the Diaspora. Last week saw Wigneswaran in Valvettithurai (VVT) the native village of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran and the cradle of armed Tamil militancy. Wigneswaran delivered a thundering speech to an audience consisting mainly of people from VVT and neighbouring areas.

    Wigneswaran stated there that Prabhakaran the son of VVT soil was a great hero and not a terrorist. “Pirapakaran oru payangaravathiyalla. Avar Thamil Inathin Viduthalikkaaha Poaradiya oru Maha Veeran” (Prabhakaran is not a terrorist. He is a great hero who fought for the freedom of the Tamil people) re-iterated Wigneswaran on Valvettithurai soil.”

    This Wacko Wiggy is a “3 D” guy all right:

    DIVISIVE, DECEPTIVE & DOUBLESPEAK

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      One speech for racist Tamils and another for everyone else. How typical.

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        Derv

        “One speech for racist Tamils and another for everyone else. How typical.”

        Perhaps Wiggy is following the foot step of MR, one face to the IC and another to the Sinhala/Buddhists.

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    In the context described by Hon CVW, three parties could occupy one’s land forcibly; Military, Militia and Militants. He appears not to discuss occupation by Militia and Militants, because there was no remedy those days. If military is withdrawn, even Hon CVW cannot guarantee that militia and militants would follow the rule of law.

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      There is nothing to prevent the military from getting back to Jaffna in the event of the emergence of any militants. This is a ridiculous argument. Surely the army can mobilise itself easily.

      The Sri Lankan armed forces have more than 250,000 members – do they really need to maintain a permanent presence in the North?! At the very least do they need to take 6000 acres? Wouldn’t a small contingent do? Mahinda said that there were only 12000 soldiers (which Colombo Telegraph proved was false), but it is important because Mahinda seems to believe that 12,000 are enough. Why do you need to have 150,000 when the Commander in Chief himself implies that 12000 is enough.

      S

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    It is so refreshing to read a high quality article focussing on good governance and the ideal relationship between citizen and the State. Are we, at last, at least in a single instance reached that sublime state the old Greek philosophers dreamed of Philosopher Kings.

    Does President Rajapakse, who appears rhetorically to mean so well in trying to create a contented society in the Tamil-majority areas, aware there are many Tamils in the country whose developed lands are misappropriated by the army in occupation and gifted to their friends and relatives to enjoy the fruits of the toil and sacrifice of former owners. It is the very manifestation of the negative face of democracy the Tamils in this case are forced to pay to secure badly needed food for their living from outsiders who had stolen their own land. The State being part of the intrigue tells its own story of affairs in the ground.

    CM Wigneswaren calls for badly needed expert skill available in the diaspora to help urgent development in his area. Yet one single individual, arrogantly presuming omniscience, reduces the law to comical levels in insisting he alone must screen and chose who receives and who not Dual Citizenship. Surely this does not in any way serve good governance. This right must go back to the due process of established governance.

    CMW refers to Discipline – that bedrock feature that has helped and held together societies that evolved into true and vibrant democracies.
    Some form of discipline in governance, introduced by the British, continued here until the pre-1950s. It has since progressively declined – often with connivance from narrow and scheming politicians. Look at the frenzied, murderous mobs in religious garb that roam the streets today in search of prey – under the very nose of the law.

    Why is the regime shy or reluctant to enable the NPC to be allowed to duly function. It does not have to wait until the international community once more twists its arm to do what is just, lawful and right.

    Senguttuvan

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    1. Rule of Law and Due Legal and Democratic Process.
    2. No Impunity
    3. Separation of the judiciary, executive and legislature.

    Give me those three and I will give you a really crazy context.

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    Imagine Politicians screaming GOOD governance while they are using the Tribal card to stay in power and using the Tribal Card to exploit the world.

    Military is Sri Lankan. Why they can not live in any where in the Island ?

    It is Simply Wigneswaran is supporting Christians to establish a christian majority country in Sri Lanka.

    Other than, that what is the Tamil contribution to Sri Lanka except they suck the life blood from the country.

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    Wigneswaran is becoming a disgrace to those decent people.

    Tamils want their monoethnic enclave. They always work in that mentality.

    Tamils should go back to Tamilnadu.

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      Tamils go back to Tamil Nadu
      Sinhalese go back to Orissa

      Leave the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka

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        chandra

        “Leave the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka”

        Leave the island to Veddahs, the rightful owners of the land.

        Sri Lanka is a manufactured imaginary entity.

        Thanks for your support. When are you leaving?

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          How about the Portuguese, Dutch and other hymie invaders first going to where they came from, leaving us our land?

          we are fully aware of what is going on in the B&B businesses along the Kandy Kurunegala road behind closed doors.

          Surprised?

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            Rattaran

            “How about the Portuguese, Dutch and other hymie invaders first going to where they came from, leaving us our land?”

            I would be grateful if you could send them on the first boat back to their homeland. Your land is in Tamilnadu not in this island. Please go. When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.

            “we are fully aware of what is going on in the B&B businesses along the Kandy Kurunegala road behind closed doors.”

            Do you peep through the keyhole? Perhaps you steal ladies underwear and use it as recreational product. You are a bloody shameless pervert.

            “Surprised?”

            Not at all, after reading all your bigoted comments.

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      Tamils should be SENT BACK to Tamil Madu.

      Start from once beautiful now stinky Colombo.

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    The contents sound reasonable, considering the fact that this is same CM who called the LTTE Chief, a Hero.

    CM seems to have done a lot reading since.

    The speech was some what adulterated by the usual attack on the Military Forces which not only chased away his Hero Prabakaran, but also protected the Vellalas and their Real Estate in Jaffna from the LTTE for 30 years.

    Inhabitants are pleased to hear that the CM thinks this is a good year if it is for all the good reasons.

    Not the sort of “good things” which CM’s Vellala handlers and their Sinhala vellala mates are expecting from their Idols Cameron, Harper and Pillai in the West.

    One thing the ordinary punters would like to know is whether these principles of good governance are working good in the countries which the West spent big to liberate from bad governance.

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    Imagine A Chief Minister Whose Brain is Occupied By The Tiger.

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    Vigneswaran Ayyah,
    You say, “For me good governance is then about three Ds which encapsulate the different ideas discussed – Dialogue, Duty and Discipline.”

    It is well and good. No argument.

    But you are trying to educate masses who are rooted in myths and traditions and holding on to dear life to false historical tracts. Going by the goings on in the socio political life of Sri Lankans it is not difficult to surmise that the masses are incapable of rational thinking.

    Your educational piece on good governance is unfortunately wasted on a people who time and again choose to live in a quagmire of racism, thuggery, intimidation, servility and a people who have made an art of making heroes out of scoundrels.

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    It was TN/CM Karunanidhi’s Duty (kadamai), Discipline (kattuppadu) and
    Dignity (kanyam) that the so-called super-bureaucrat (or boorucrat) Paskaralingam “imported” during his fortnightly Rest and Recuperation in Chennai that sent his President Premadasa
    gaga, RP localised this to his “3 C’s” – Consultation, Compromise and Consensus as a platform to settle the National Question.

    Kettikaran

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    Military is part of the government. Further State has all the rights to take over any lands. If this lawyer CM cannot understand it, he is very much unfit to be a CM.

    If he is engulfed with LTTE terror philosophy, he too must be send for rehabilitation.

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      You are intoxicated with hatred toward Tamils and Christians; your head is full of nothing but hatred. If anyone who needs rehabilitation it is You; I suggest that you seek help!

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        I hate Tamil terrorists and their Christian church which support terror and mayhem in Sri lanka!

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    Vigneshwaren did not have any issue when an illegitimate army was running the show in North for 30 years but now wants the legitimate army out of North just after 4 years after the illegal armed gang was defeated. We just wonder why?

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      I told you that you are not so liberal!

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        Yes I remember. What should a liberal Sri Lankan do? Support the illegal armed criminals who were trying to take away 1/3rd of our country away from Sri Lankans?

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          sinhala kallathoni it does not belong bestiality breed. the Dutch outpost at Patna was the cause of bandits entering the island.The Dutch don’t deny it.

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          Liberal One

          “Support the illegal armed criminals who were trying to take away 1/3rd of our country away from Sri Lankans?”

          Oh well, it is bit rich coming from a descendant of Kallathony. The land does not belong to any of you. Go back to your homeland Tamilnadu whence your forefathers came.

          Your Sinhala/Buddhist armed forces and presidents supported the so called terrorists when they wanted to kick the IPKF out of this land. MR bought votes from terrorists for cash and has been sleeping with Tamil as well as Sinhala terrorists.

          Your hypocrisy knows no bound.

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      Legitimate army do not massacre its own people or rape Tamil women. Not only army but all Sinhala fundamentalist Buddhists are illegitimate because they don’t respect the law. Where in the world a legitimate army along with Government ministers set fire to a library? Where in the world a legitimate army provide protection to those criminals when they burn and eat humans in the day light?

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        Right! LTTE should be the legitimate army in Sri Lanka and Transnational government of Tamil Eelam should be the legitimate government in Sri Lanka and Rudrakumaran should be the legitimate president just because you racist psychos don’t know how to co-exist.

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        Army will kill LTTE or JVP. Period!

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      It is not a legitimate army!! It is a MURDEROUS, RAPIST, THUGGISH, DRUG PEDALING thugs, controlled by equally obnoxious politicians and LEADERS!!

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        Lol if the government or Army needed to murder all Tamil civilians they could have easily left the landmines planted by your freedom fighters. They have already demined the entire north and east.

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          They demined to steal the land.

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      Why not put in a more liberal perspective? “Illegitimate things cannot be done when a legitimate army is present.”

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    Liberal One

    The state cleared mines in order to occupy and colonise areas in the North.

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      Fool! De-mining is done under the supervision of UN and people will be allowed after the UN issue a certificate.

      Many such areas are re colonized with Tamils in Vanni!

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