29 September, 2020

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International Stakes Continue To Rise With Changes Next Door

By Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

Jehan Perera

The election of a new government in India opens up new vistas for Sri Lanka’s relationship with its closest neigbour.  With his congratulatory phone call to the Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi,President Mahinda Rajapaksa took the initiative to rebuild ties with India.  Relations with India have grown strained due to the Indian stance on issues relating to the country’s Tamil problem and the government’s prevarication regarding promises of devolution of power made to the Indian government. The President’s ability to get a phone call through a very busy Narendra Modi just after his party’s victory at the election was being announced shows the special nature of the relationship that Sri Lanka can enjoy with India.  This is an opportunity that comes from both geography and history and needs to be carefully built upon so that it is an asset and not a liability.

The fact that Sri Lanka’s estranged Tamil community is bound by kinship and close cultural ties with the Tamils who inhabit southern India links the two countries together with bonds that are permanent.  This is a reality that any Sri Lankan government will have to both acknowledge and cope with. For the past three decades, and coinciding with the period of the war, the major feature of Sri Lanka’s relationship with India has been its ethnic conflict. Since the end of the war, relations with the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu have plunged, with even visitors from Sri Lanka liable on occasion to be subjected to attack on its streets. It has been to the Sri Lankan government’s advantage that the BJP won the election decisively and does not need the support of regional parties, including the dominant party in Tamil Nadu.

Narendra_Modi_PTIWith the advent of the BJP government, the Sri Lankan government has an opportunity to reach a new understanding with their counterparts in India and reach a new understanding that will be mutually acceptable.  In this regard there are two factors that favour the Sri Lankan government. The first is the overwhelming size of the parliamentary mandate given to the BJP which makes it less reliant on regional parties, such as the AIDMK headed by the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state which has been both hostile and demanding towards the Sri Lankan government.  Second is the fact that Indian Prime Minister-elect Modi has little reason to view Western policy on the contentious issue of human rights issues with favour, as he himself has been pursued by them on account of the mass anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat while Modi he was Chief Minister.

No Progress

Although the war is now over more than five years the political roots of that gave rise to war have yet to be addressed by the Sri Lankan government.  The last occasion on which there was progress in taking Sri Lanka from is status of a post-war country (in which there is no more war) to a post-war country (in which there is national reconciliation) was in September last year.  This was when the government held provincial elections in the Northern Province.  The issue of Tamil self-rule and in those areas in which they constitute a majority in the North and East was one of the driving forces of the three decade long war.  The establishment of the Northern Provincial Council for the first time since the provincial system was established 26 years earlier was welcomed by most of the people of the North, by those in civil and political society who seek an answer to the root of the ethnic conflict, and also by the international community. It was praised as a positive outcome of the end of the war.

However, more than eight months after the establishment of the Northern Provincial Council, Sri Lanka has yet to make progress in its journey to become a post-war society in which the roots of war have been eliminated and reconciliation has begun to dawn. The provincial council has been rendered dysfunctional due to the refusal of centrally appointed authorities to relax their controls.  There is a sense of stagnancy where negotiated and mutually acceptable post-war political reform is concerned.  The two most important post-war issues that have to be dealt with are being completely sidelined with far more emphasis given to other matters.  The fact that there is no war is welcomed by all right thinking citizens and most of them will give the government due credit for this.  However, to transform a country from being post-war to being post-conflict requires the roots of conflict be addressed.

The most significant post-war failure of the government in the post-war period is to be unable and unwilling to tackle the problem of Tamil grievances that gave rise to the war.  There are events that show up the failure of government by law as opposed to government by arbitrary power. War-time legacies continue to haunt the country.  Once again the spectre of the LTTE and of anti terrorist operations haunts the people of the North and East and provides grist to the national security establishment in the country.  The Northern and Eastern provincial councils that have been established do not enjoy the freedom to decide on their priorities.  They have to function under the control of the Governors of the respective provinces who were one-time military commanders and dominate the decision making even though unelected.   This means that the fundamental issues that gave rise to the war remain unresolved even as the government celebrates the fifth anniversary of the end of the war.

Grave Risks

India’s approach to conflict resolution in Sri Lanka so far has been to seek the devolution of power to the Tamil-majority areas, which would assuage the sense amongst the Tamil people that they are a marginalized community without access to state power.  Under the previously dominant Congress-led governments, the Indian solution to Sri Lanka’s conflict has been to implement the 13th Amendment and provincial council system it established, and ensure the maximum possible devolution of power to the Tamil-majority areas.  However, this solution has never been fully acceptable to successive Sri Lankan governments, and is fundamentally at odds with the present government’s policy of centralization of power and national security.  It is possible that the new Indian government leadership will not be wedded to the old modes of conflict resolution and be more open to new ways of addressing issues within Sri Lanka.

In these circumstances even as nothing is fundamentally changing on the ground, there is also no evident political challenge to the government that comes from the opposition.  Instead there is a sense that Sri Lanka is stable and the government can continue to be as it is.  The political opposition continues to be divided and unable to mount a serious challenge to it.  Still the government cannot be satisfied or be at peace with itself because there is a looming threat that will not go away.  This is on account of the issue of accountability in which the international community is involved.  After the third UNHRC resolution in Geneva the UN machinery on accountability has started to work.  A budget has been approved and now the members of the investigation team are to be appointed.  The international machinery is on the move and will continue to move even if the government acts as if nothing is happening.  There is speculation that targeted sanctions may be applied to Sri Lanka as they were to Russia.  The Indian position can be decisive.

Prime Minister-elect Modi is unlikely to be a supporter of international sanctions, as he himself has been at the receiving end of them.  On the other hand, he is likely to be more assertive in his foreign policy.  He said during his election campaign that he would give the Indian states more weight in deciding on foreign policy issues with neighboring countries.  In addition he said that people of Indian origin living away from India and in any part of the globe would enjoy the protective umbrella of a newly assertive and strong India.  Unlike his mild mannered predecessor in office, Dr Manmohan Singh, Narendra Modi is unlikely to be willing to let anyone take India for a ride.  Indeed he was specifically elected to lead a “strong” government.  His assertions suggest that India will continue to be actively interested in the position of Tamils in Sri Lanka.  The advent of the new government in India can pose serious challenges to Sri Lanka, even as it offers potential for positive change.

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    Dear Jehan Perera,

    Sri Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared by ALL her citizens.

    If that is not fulfilled and the various Ethnicities make avaricious claims on Lanka’s Resources then conflict arises.

    Would a majority of Sri Lankan’s agree to sacrifice their birthright to Lanka’s resources just to pacify an avaricious minority? I doubt it.

    Kind Regards,
    OTC

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      OTC
      You are absolutely right. At the moment Sri Lanka’s resources are only enjoyed by the Sinhala South. The Tamil Are denied of all resources, the only resources that the Tamils are having more than their fare share is the armed forces.

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        Dear Rajash,

        Perhaps if you concentrate on improving your language skills you would be able to make a better comment.

        I was referring to Avaricious Claims. An example would be the part of territory the separatist claim as their own. If you cannot still understand please go and have a look at your Eelam Map and justify it.

        Re “At the moment Sri Lanka’s resources are only enjoyed by the Sinhala South”

        Why? Are the Tamils of the North living in TN land instead of SL land? Are they drinking TN water instead of SL water? Are they attending TN hospitals or SL hospitals? Are they going to TN schools instead of SL schools?

        Though your aberrant mind cannot see, more than Half the Tamil Population of Lanka live in what you call the Sinhalese South.

        Re “the only resources that the Tamils are having more than their fare share is the armed forces. ”

        That’s an unfortunate repercussion of waging war against the State. You should have thought about it before you went to war.

        Kind Regards
        OTC

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          This is funny coming from someone living in N.America isn’t it off the cuff

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            Dear Robert R,

            Please have a good laugh.

            Afterwards concentrate on what I have written instead of speculating about were I reside.

            The staff at CT, who are privy to my IP, would be laughing at your speculative mind.

            Hope you are up to the task of an intelligent discussion.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              Don’t worry we all laughed at your exposure when you tried to masquerade as some other commentators LOL

              You might not be in N. America but you certainly are not in SL.

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                Dear Robert R,

                I note that Intelligence has deserted you.

                Since my IP is known to CT they will know my ISP is Sri Lankan but that will not stop you from making a further fool of yourself, so please go ahead.

                I have no need to masquerade though many have tried hijacking my pseudonym here at CT. My posts are factual and have been a challenge for the Separatist propagandists. You are a typical example, even now you have been helpless in responding to what I have written and hence is trying to circumvent the issue.

                You have degraded yourself as an empty headed heckler.

                My position is that Sri Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared by ALL her citizens.

                You can be for it or against it.

                If you are against it please justify the Avaricious Claims made by the Separatists to Lanka’s Land, which is a root cause of conflict.

                If you are for it please explain why the claim to land by the separatist is avaricious and is at the root of conflict.

                Are you up to that Task or are you just an empty headed imbecile making a lot of incoherent noises? The Hall Mark of such an imbecile is the focus on the writer instead of the content.

                BTW no worries, please keep laughing but engage in discussing the issue.

                Kind regards,
                OTC

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          OTC you are the one who need to improve your languaga skill. you always try to clarify what you meant in the first place. Your racist mind is obscuring your thinking and writting. Perhaps you cant think rationally,you are brain washed just as the rest of the Sinhala modayas by the regime.

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            Dear Rajash,

            Re “OTC you are the one who need to improve your languaga skill. you always try to clarify what you meant in the first place”

            Ok Let’s examine your claim.

            Dwellings, desks, pencils, chairs, paper, typewriters, computers, phones, cars and umpteen other mundane things are all resources but these are not Sri Lanka’s resources other than when owned by the Public (govt offices, govt schools etc).

            Land, Water, Minerals (discovered and yet to be discovered), the Sea within Lanka’s exclusive economic jurisdiction are Sri Lanka’s rare resources owned by the public which are essential to life and the economic well being of the Lankan Public. The first two, Land and Water, are finite and are irreplaceable.

            The second sentence of my post states

            If that is not fulfilled and the various Ethnicities make avaricious claims on Lanka’s Resources then conflict arises.

            Anyone who can understand the language would realize the resources that I have referred to fall in to the second group.

            But you avoided the second group and focused on irrelevant resources that was never the bone of contention between the different Ethnicities.

            Hence either you could not understand the Language or you were a Racist bent on filibustering the discussion of the Real Issues that caused ethnic disharmony.

            I gave you the benefit of the doubt by attributing your action to Language insufficiency instead of Racism. Perhaps I was wrong.

            Re “Your racist mind is obscuring your thinking and writting. Perhaps you cant think rationally,you are brain washed just as the rest of the Sinhala modayas by the regime.”

            I welcome ANY citizen to live anywhere in Lanka. I welcome ANY citizen to benefit from any Govt funded project anywhere in Lanka. ALL I ask in return is that the benefits from any public funded or Aided project be disbursed Equitably and Land disproportionate to the population living within a given province be divested so that it can be used for the benefit of all Lankan Citizens. Perhaps that in your Lexicon is Racism.

            If you can reciprocate that, I don’t mind you being a Racist. Will you reciprocate?

            Without avoiding the question or running away, please give a direct answer.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              bla bla bla ….get your head checked

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                Dear Rajash,

                Perhaps you should take your own advice seriously because.

                1. I welcome ANY citizen to live anywhere in Lanka and you don’t.

                2. I welcome ANY citizen to benefit from any Govt funded project anywhere in Lanka and you don’t

                3. You are against the benefits from any public funded or Aided project being disbursed Equitably and I am for equitable distribution.

                4. Your GREED wants to hold on to Land that is disproportionate to the population living within a given province and I am for divesting of disproportionate Land for the benefit of the rest of the population.

                All these prove that You are not interested in solving the Ethnic problem and proves my contention that it is AVARICE that frustrates all attempts at peace.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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          Off the cuff:
          Simply because your English grammar and syntax might be better than Rajash’s doesn’t make your prevarications the truth.
          You are lying through your teeth and not all the money your paymasters dole out to you will change that fact.
          Jehan Perera has, unfortunately for apologists for Fascism like you, stated, very mildly, a bunch of incontrovertible facts. Live with them if you can’t disprove them!

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            Palayang yako!

            “You are lying through your teeth and not all the money your paymasters dole out to you will change that fact.”

            Would you pay Off the cuff to do a shoddy job?

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            Palayang yako! – Simply because your English grammar and syntax might be better than Rajash’s . I beg to disagree :)

            he is just cutting and pasting from LankaWeb, and/or cutting and pasting from his prepared text. I am just typing free hand as and when I get time.

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              Dear Rajesh,

              Re yours “Palayang yako! – Simply because your English grammar and syntax might be better than Rajash’s . I beg to disagree :)”

              As I have already informed “Palayang Yako!” I do not care about your English grammar, syntax or spelling. I care about your ability to comprehend which is preventing you from understanding what I write.

              Re “he is just cutting and pasting from LankaWeb,..”

              The remedy is simple isn’t it? Just expose anything that I have written that is a copy from Lankaweb, where I have not indicated the source (as I did with Prasad and James).

              Re “…and/or cutting and pasting from his prepared text”

              I have written over 3000 comments to Groundviews, CT, Times of London, Canada’s Post etc. These are my own intellectual work and I would be a fool to re invent the wheel. The purpose of my writing is to contest Untruthful Separatist Propaganda and not to be in an English essay competition!

              Re “I am just typing free hand as and when I get time”

              Well judging from the frequency and the number of your posts (just on CT) you seem to be having a lot of time.

              “Palayang yako!” says you deviate from the Truth. Which of course is true. Something that has escaped your understanding of his short post.

              And you claim you have no comprehension issues!

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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            Dear Palayang Yako,

            Re. “Simply because your English grammar and syntax might be better than Rajash’s doesn’t make your prevarications the truth”

            I don’t care about English Grammar, spelling or syntax but I do care about the ability to comprehend. Without that ability you cannot carry out any intelligent discussion what ever the medium of language used. Its true for Tamil, Sinhala, French, Japanese, English etc.

            Hence a basic requirement when you join a public forum is the ability to understand the written language used in that forum.

            Thank you for recognizing that Rajesh deviates from the truth.

            I write factual comments and provide references. I rely on my references to establish the TRUTH not Rajash’s prevarications or yours.

            It is up to my opponent to prove me wrong. If I am proven wrong I will accept your position not otherwise. If I make an unjustified censure I will apologize when proven. But I cannot be brow beaten into submission.

            Re “You are lying through your teeth and not all the money your paymasters dole out to you will change that fact.”

            That is an attempt at Brow Beating.
            If I am lying, prove it by a factual counter argument.
            Your inability to do so and instead, resorting to Brow Beating makes you a liar and a thug.

            Such arguments are of an ignoramus who is an intellectual bankrupt.

            If I call you a LTTE Credit Card Scammer or a LTTE extortionist whose mode of living has got curtailed due to stronger security world wide, would I be arguing my point?

            When you cannot counter my arguments you have no other recourse but to accuse me of being paid by the govt. That I may be defending my country from Lies does not enter your calculations.

            An ad hominem is a Hallmark of a Fool who cannot debate using Facts. It shows your frustration at you own inadequacy.

            Re “Jehan Perera has, unfortunately for apologists for Fascism like you, stated, very mildly, a bunch of incontrovertible facts”

            Mine is the first comment on this thread. I have numbered the important points.

            1. Sri Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared by ALL her citizens.

            2. If that is not fulfilled and the various Ethnicities make avaricious claims on Lanka’s Resources then conflict arises.

            3. Would a majority of Sri Lankan’s agree to sacrifice their birthright to Lanka’s resources just to pacify an avaricious minority? I doubt it.

            Which of them will you disagree with and why?

            The inability to share and share equitably is at the CORE of Ethnic Strife between the Tamil Separatists and the rest of the population. Remove that obstacle and the Ethnic Strife will cease to exist

            Jehan states “The issue of Tamil self-rule and in those areas in which they constitute a majority in the North and East was one of the driving forces of the three decade long war”

            In other words he refers to Land, without identifying the underlying problem which I have highlighted.

            What are the Tamil areas?
            British Administrative boundaries DO NOT define them. The British did not demarcate boundaries either on an Ethnic basis or a Linguistic basis but on an Economic basis, for ease of administration and revenue collection.

            Lanka had 85% forest cover when the British arrived. This was the King’s Land. Private ownership was limited to land grants by the king for services rendered or donations to religious places.

            The Draconian Waste Lands Act and related Laws increased British Crown’s land holding to over 90%. Today 80% of Lanka is Public Land. Owners of public land are not either the Sinhalese, the Tamils, the Muslims, the Burghers, the Malays or any other but a collective of ALL of them.

            What you are fighting for is a piece of that collective Real Estate.

            Hence my observation that Sri Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared by ALL her citizens.

            The British Admin boundaries of the North and East put together adds up to about 26,000 sq km. Trying to claim that those boundaries were demarcated to reflect ethnic occupancy at a time that the Tamil population of the whole country was about 75,000 is a Lie that cannot be reconciled with either Physical realities (a small Tamil population, long and extensive borders) or history.

            Here is some data for comparison.

            Jaffna,
            Population 88,000
            Area 20 sq km

            Eravurpattu
            Population 75,136
            Area 708 sq km

            Using British admin boundaries to deny the rest of the population of resources they collectively own is thievery.

            You say “Live with them if you can’t disprove them!”

            Good advice. Have you or Rajesh or Robert.R or Mallaiyuran or anyone else disproved anything that I have stated with a factual argument? Time for you to live by your own advice if you fail to counter mine.

            Avarice or extreme Greed stands in the way of reconciliation as I pointed out in my first post.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              here he goes again bla bla bla
              i dont read his rubbish….

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                Dear Rajesh,

                What you really mean is that you don’t have the facts or the capacity to counter mine.

                BTW You have already read and commented.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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              Dear Palyang Yako! and Rajesh,

              I have made an error in stating the Palayang Yakko! calls Rajesh a bender of the Truth. He does not say that. That barb is aimed at me.

              My apologies to both writers.

              The error is sincerely regretted.

              Kind Regards,
              OTC

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      Sri Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared by ALL her citizens

      Very good start. All these time, because Mahavamsa said the Island is only for Buddhism, we have been thinking that what we’re trying to do. That is why we Lankans has been not just giving away lives, even the political right that has to used with democratical sense and thought.

      Now time to give up everything lands, properties…… In that process we first build Manidha Airport, Mahinda Seaport, Mahinda Highway Road, Mahinda Railway road. Now we demolishing Schools like Nadeswara College and Building Mahinda Summer House In Keerimalai the most famous pilgrimage site being turned into Luxury Mahinda Hotel and tourist site.

      Though it appears like good start, but with my limited English knowledge I suspect if the appropriate word is “SHARING”. Is’t it the (King for himself) “TAKING OVER” the resources?

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        Dear Mallaiyuran,

        There were Riots in Lanka in 1871, 1923, 1929 and 1931. ALL of them were Tamil Tamil Riots. No other ethnicity was involved.

        The Mahavamsa existed, the Sinhalese and Buddhists existed but there were no Ethnic clashes for centuries only Tamil Tamil Riots!

        Why?

        The meaning of my post is much deeper than your superficial understanding. Get some help. The person I addressed it to has the mental capacity to understand it.

        Kind Regards
        OTC

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          OTC:
          I know you are dusting lot of old manuscripts to see how many time Tamils Family husbands and Wives fight at home so that you can provide your defense for the killing of 147,000 peoples in 7 months. Good Luck! The problem is you forget the 17 years of atrocities the JVP caused in the south and the GOSL treatment for them too. This took place right parallel to LTTE’s freedom fight.

          You are not the one to share the Tamil Eelam’s resources. If you had understood my comment you would not brag your aggression of stealing Tamils properties as deep thought of sharing.

          I don’t think psychiatry is one of Jehan’s specialty to understand you. But I do understand you because of the people with me have studied a lot of it and from them I gained a grip of it.

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            Dear Mallaiyuran,

            Re “I know you are dusting lot of old manuscripts…”

            Oh so you a think you are God with powers of being Omnipresent and Omniscient!

            Re “…. defense for the killing of 147,000 peoples in 7 months”

            Ah you should strike off those who have already risen from the Dead and I don’t mean Jesus.

            The Tamilnet alleged that Thayapararajah was extra-judicially executed in Colombo in September 2009.

            ‘Executed’ director of Vanni project in Indian custody: SL seeks access to him. (http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=103362)

            “….the former director of Vanni Tech funded by US based Tamil Diaspora had gone underground in September 2009. After the man’s disappearance his wife Uthayakala, foreign NGOs as well as a section of the media accused intelligence services of having executed Thayapararajah.

            His wife Uthayakala (also of the LTTE) has defrauded 9 persons of several millions promising UK employment.

            Credibility is shot Mallaiyuran unless you can produce identifiable names of the dead.

            The “List” will also be a problem as then the SL govt can formally request foreign govts to cross check that list with those who have emigrated, to locate any more Sons of God that have risen from the dead!

            (Refugee immigrant data is not released by foreign govts)

            Re “I don’t think psychiatry is one of Jehan’s specialty to understand you. But I do understand you because of the people with me have studied a lot of it and from them I gained a grip of it”

            Ha ha haa the inmates of a mad house thinks that they are the doctors and the doctors are the inmates.

            Which Cuckoo’s Nest did you fly out from?

            The ethnic issue started in the 1920s when Tamil leaders like Ponnambalam Ramanathan wanted to incorporate Lanka in to a Tamil Akam (kingdom) because they wanted a Tamil Majority State where they had control over Lanka’s population.

            That could not be achieved given the demographics of Lanka and the plan was to dilute Lanka’s population by bringing in Tamil Nadu and Tamil colonies in to a Pan Tamil Kingdom.

            That attempt at Treason Failed.

            Your Tamil Leadership since then, was not looking at building an inclusive state, partnering the natural majority that exist but was looking for devious ways and means either to control Lanka or a part of it. They were not willing to accept the fact that they were a minority.

            You could not answer my question below because that would have pulled the rug from under the excuses trotted out to “justify” your avarice.

            Here is the question again.

            There were Riots in Lanka in 1871, 1923, 1929 and 1931. ALL of them were Tamil Tamil Riots. No other ethnicity was involved. The Mahavamsa existed, the Sinhalese and Buddhists existed but there were no Ethnic clashes for centuries only Tamil Tamil Riots! Why?

            The Tamil Leadership was not thinking about EQUALITY even amongst themselves. They wanted inequality within the Tamil polity perpetuated. They were incorrigible Control Freaks.

            Re “You are not the one to share the Tamil Eelam’s resources.”

            Tamil Eelam is a Myth. It does not exist. Hence it does not have any PHYSICAL resources.

            Re “If you had understood my comment you would not brag your aggression of stealing Tamils properties as deep thought of sharing”

            I have been trying my best to understand what you have written though they are disjointed like that of a loon.

            Lanka’s natural borders extends to the sea all around.

            My position is that Lanka’s resources should be equitably shared amongst her citizens and that leaves no room for avarice by anyone.

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              OTC,

              “Thayapararajah” – perhaps tamilnet did not know that he was working for murderer Rajapkse (like Karuna, KP…).

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                Dear Anpu,

                Re ““Thayapararajah” – perhaps tamilnet did not know that he was working for murderer Rajapkse (like Karuna, KP…)”

                So you are admitting that Tamil Net was clueless whether Thayapararajah was actually Killed by the SLA when they claimed he was Killed by the SLA? Those HRW NGO’s that repeated the Tamil Net claim would be squirming.

                Tamil Net and it’s sources have lost credibility.

                The false claim backfired when Thayapararaja rose from the dead in India. Many others will rise from the dead as time goes on. The 147k figure will be untenable and get reduced to below 5k.

                This incident has reduced you to fall back on childish remarks that are as transparent as glass.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  “The false claim backfired when Thayapararaja rose from the dead in India. Many others will rise from the dead as time goes on. The 147k figure will be untenable and get reduced to below 5k.”

                  Is that your zero casualty. I do not think so.

                  We We know when Ban-ki-Moon came after helicopter tour, King told him the zero casualty story. Now the figure is standing well over at 100,000. I am sure will reach near to the TNA’s first number One million.

                  When NPC-TNA wanted to do the counting to submit the 25th sitting of the UNHRC, Basil stopped it say NPC has no right to take statistics and it has to accept the Royal Government number. Everybody knows why Basil stopped NPC-TNA. They just can even think of hearing the truth. So, then they want to go on the self indulging lies until the UN peacekeepers come into land.

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                    Dear Mallaiyuran,

                    Re yours “Is that your zero casualty. I do not think so.”

                    Please read again.
                    5K is not Zero it is 5000!

                    Re “I am sure will reach near to the TNA’s first number One million”

                    I did not know that. Thanks for the info. Can you give me a reference? I can use it in my future comments.

                    We have 2,270,924 Tamils in Lanka, 1,000,000 overseas and 1,000,000 dead giving a Total Tamil population of Lankan origin of 5,270,924!

                    The 1981 census shows the presence of 1,886,900 Lanka Tamils. That is a population boom of 279% in just 31 years!

                    Wow what fun you have been having making babies. Must have spent a fortune on Viagra ha ha.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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              No communal troubles were ever started by Tamils. You are confused of what you wrote and what you are writing now. You said all the cases of the troubles you were quoting were of Tamils within themselves. That is why I wrote to you reply of husband and wife story. Further, Tamils never participated in any communal trouble. Modern day Explicit, intentional genocide started with DS’s Indian Pakistani Voting law.

              It is the communal racist, historians who prepared false account of Dutu Gamunu’s story too. The truth is Buddhism did not go to down south that time. It was practiced mainly by northern Tamils only. South had only Hinduism as its religion. Gemunu was a Hindu. He prayed Kathirkamam Murugan. He learned Buddhism from northern Tamils after capturing north. Tamils and build Buddhist temples in the North and Middle with their help. Ellala was a king who ruled Tamils Hindus and Buddhist. Communalism is not the blood of Tamils in any century of the history of the Inland. Rests are all twisted stories. They will be proved wrong with new archeological evidences. King will not place orders and stop scientific growth. This was seen in the Galileo history too.

              Ramanathan went England during World War I to save Sinhalese leaders. Tamils always wanted communal Harmony. They did not like Muslims and Sinhalese fighting with in them too. The continuous twisting of the history of the island by Modern Mahavamsa Modaya rulers has made CV to make a call to rewrite the Sri Lanka’s History with Western Expert. That will be done whether you like it no. You will re- studying the history once again.

              We have no obligation to give any prove to you or to the royal government. Proves will be delivered, when all witness protection are ensured, to the investigating authority. You can keep asking for prove, but that will not impede the Diaspora’s action to continue to push forward the inquiry.

              Further you can dream that all the 147,000 has been bulldozed out immediately and the Tamils will not be able to produce any evidence. That is only the puny brains’ thought who has no knowledge of the westerns scientific growth in those matters. Thanks to Jewish people who did not give up so easily and developed these techniques.

              UN in its first report suggested 40,000 deaths. In its second reports suggested 70,000. Now the international NGOs count is 100,000. We know that the number will be proved as much more than 147,000 when the time comes.

              So you like it or not the 147,000 people missing will be researched out and criminal cases will be filed against the Royal Family. This relentless pursue will be continuing for a century as the Jews are doing now. The Royal family will not be in peace until all the current members are brought to court. Remember the word Ban Ki moon said to Ranil when went UN to ask abandon the UN Experts Panel report. “Don’t think that this report is going to vanish in thin air in UN”.

              You can deduct Udayakala, but you know there are so many bulldozed will be added, including all those ones standing with Issaipriya in the new photos released. Please don’t be having any doubt on that. Please don’t have any doubt that there will be an inquiry into those killing too.
              The courage you are showing in citing the Udayakala case is showing how much you people are hiding in that case. That is, by mistake you think bulldozed evidence. But it is not so as she is not in Lanka now.

              Udayakala game is another KP Game played by the Son prince’s team. You don’t have to teach us. It was found by Tamils eventually that he was working with the Royal prince and the government was responsible to hide Thayapararajah’s case. Truth is GOSL never proceeded with these evidences and sued them in the court is the powerful evidence of what was happening inside and who duped the Tamil Net. As soon as they caught him and his wife, they started to use his wife to spread false news. This is not the one case of forcing people to give false evidence. This is how the Hakeem was been used by the Royal government to give false evidence at UNHRC. Now Thayapararajah and his wife are in the International custody. If Tamil Nadu people are successful, Udayakala will soon start to release a lot of information of how the Royal navy’s people smuggling worked. Everybody knows why Royal government in that rush to get them back to Lanka so soon.

              Tamils Eelam is a myth to you. Flying was myth in Ramayana time. Not anymore. So, for those who are still at your level, it appears to be a myth. Not for Tamils. They have come to past the Wright Brothers’ time. The last enemy of the Tamils, the Indian Congress is gone. We know now how to manage our resources in a better way now. One Time we managed the entire Sri Lanka’s and Tamil Eelam resources and kept the Island to equal to South Korea. Now it is time to manage only ours.

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                Dear Mallaiyuran,

                You have written “No communal troubles were ever started by Tamils. …. Further, Tamils never participated in any communal trouble”

                I identify the Ruling Class Tamil minority as the racists not the uneducated Tamil majority, the servile class.

                It was the Ruling Class minority that let lose violence, rape and Arson burning down the shanty dwellings of the Tamil majority polity. To claim that this blood thirsty ruling class was benign does not cut ice.

                In 1935 G.G. Ponnambalam declared that he was a PROUD DRAVIDIAN (The Hansard, 1935, column 3045). He started attacking Sinhalese History. The FIRST Tamil Sinhala riot in 1939 was the result.

                “The Hindu Organ” (p. 4 — June 22, 1939), Writing about the Nawalapitiya Hate Speech of GG Ponnambalam, Headlined their article thus;

                “Mr. Ponnambalam’s N’pitiya speech” and beneath it the strap line: “Mr. Bandaranaike’s challenge.”

                In the Editorial titled “THE WRITING ON THE WALL”, The Hindu Organ, says “…. A verbal bombshell dropped unwittingly by a Tamil politician at Nawalapitiya appears to have set the South on fire……. A slander against a community by an individual, though unintended, is inexcusable…” continuing it said: “Communal differences, though there existed hardly any during the time of the last generation of leaders, have now been multiplied and intensified, thanks to the hot-heads and irresponsible talkers in the country who care more for the plaudits of the mob than for the welfare of the people. Ceylon today is seething with petty problems which have been created by thoughtless gas-bags, and which threaten to poison the peaceful conditions in the country….” It concluded by saying: “Let us hope that wise statesmanship will prevail among leaders who should realize the imperative need for the welding of the communities into a Ceylonese Community for the political and economic salvation of the country. The writing on the wall is too clear to be ignored.”

                The “Hindu Organ” was an Anglo/Tamil fortnightly Newspaper which was founded on September 1889 by the Siva Paripalana Sabai. Ownership is still with them. Mr. T. Chellappa-pillai, who was the retired Chief Justice of Travancore and also a renowned mathematician an eminent English, Sanskrit and Tamil Scholar Edited the English pages while Mr T. Kailasapillai the Nephew of Srila Sri Arumuga Navalar (the famous Tamil Nationalist) was the Manager and the editor of the Tamil pages. Both editors worked for free.

                The Tamil Editor attests to the peaceful atmosphere of the past and the threat to it in the present (1939).

                He also denounced GG Ponnambalam as a Hot head, a thoughtless Gas Bag, an irresponsible talker playing to the Mob and accused him of ignoring the welfare of the people and poisoning the Peace that existed.

                “The writing on the Wall” accurately predicted the impending communal riot of 1939 which was the first communal riot of the 20th century.

                The Omniscient God has turned out to be a Jack Ass!

                Mallaiyuran, I don’t write crap like you. I provide references you provide fiction.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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                  Are tying to tell me 1949 DS brought his Indian Pakistani voting Right Act because of a racist news paper interpreted in its way when G.G called him a Dravidian? Are telling me G.G. boycott the Donomore Commission 1927 because he was a Dravidian?(if you don’t know you better read about it) Mahavamsa claiming the the Island is their because G.G. called him a Dravidian? If G.G. claims he is Dravidian how the another Dravidian Race Sinhalese’s south went into fire? Is in’t that because of Anakarika Tharmapala set the fire by separating Sinhalese Buddhist from all other races? Aren’t the Sinhalese are proud Dravidian too? Every thing Tharmapala did was Anakarikam, that is reviving the Mahavamsa lies. You people found out the Mahavamsa lies to divide. What G.G has anything to do with that?

                  Right after pulling Ramanathan Cart in 1915 Sinhalese Chauvinist turned against Tamils immediately after that. He reversed his path in 1919 because of the Sinhalese leaders tried select only Sinhalese to the that day legislative council. You better read about them.

                  All the crap you are citing what you and your peoples wrote. I saw in your hard struggle, after Royal Navy employed Udayakala now trying to put the blame on Tamil net.

                  You can write anything About G.G. Who cares. SJV, brought Federal State call to bring harmony with in the races, you peoples wrote him as separatist. We all know “Thalaivar Pirapaharan” fought for the freedom, you people wrote him as terrorist. Now when the western world list Royals as war criminal who peoples trying to make the west as war criminal. Who cares what you have got to twist? Our interest is proving the Royals as war criminals and it will be done with out failure. Jehan is too late to save the Royals.

                  We all know who started. Our path is not going to knocked off by your craps.

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                    Dear Malayauran,

                    You have exposed your terrorist mind by writing “We all know “Thalaivar Pirapaharan” fought for the freedom, you people wrote him as terrorist” </i

                    Who are the we?
                    The guys and gals who cheered from the safety of a foreign land or the Tamil people who were caught between his thugs with guns and claiming their children, cutting off limbs, shooting them in the back and suicide bombing them?

                    Are you saying that what I have mentioned did not take place and that they were not used as cannon fodder?

                    You are only fooling your self. freedom fighters don't set off bombs in Civilian Transport to kill and maim innocents. Terrorists do.

                    Kind Regards,
                    OTC

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                    Thank you Mallaiyuran for the true history lesson in this page and in other places. Please keep it up.

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                    Mallaiyuran

                    “We all know “Thalaivar Pirapaharan” fought for the freedom, you people wrote him as terrorist.”

                    What he did in the name of Tamil Eelam was terrorism, may be he was not a terrorist, but a psychopath.

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    Off the Cuff,

    You are off the rocker – get psychiatric help. Then you may be able to write something sensible.

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      Dear Thiru,

      Re “You are off the rocker – get psychiatric help. Then you may be able to write something sensible”

      When you cannot face facts degenerate to an ad hominem. But that is a reflection on your intellect.

      Apparently you did not understand the word “equitable” or perhaps it was “avaricious” or was it “birthright”? May be “shared” is not within your lexicon.

      Please refer to a dictionary (hope that is within your capabilities).

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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      Dear Thiru,

      Re “You are off the rocker – get psychiatric help. Then you may be able to write something sensible”

      How unfortunate that either your deviant mind or poor language skills prevented you from understanding what I wrote.

      People who lack the intellect descend to Ad Hominems just like what you have done. But that only tells the reader the low level of mental capacity you posses.

      Better look up the words “equitable” “Shared” “avaricious” “conflict” “sacrifice” “birthright” “pacify” etc in a good English Dictionary. They seem to be extinct in your Lexicon.

      Kind Regards,
      OTC

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    India is a Hindu Majority country and Modi its representative. If Jarapassa’s BBS destroys Hindu Temple and treats Tamils who are Hindus badly Mahinda Rajapaksa can look forward to a war crimes trial very soon..

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    Jehan,

    One misconception that needs to be corrected is that the Sri Lankan Tamils are bound by kinship to Tamils in South India. The Sinhalese have such kinship with Indian Tamils. Modern cellular genetics have proven this. Ye, the Sri Lankan Tamils have cultural linkages with South India in particular and India in general. So do the Sinhalese.

    Unless the much exploited Sri Lankan Tamil- South Indian Tamil kinship myth is debunked and exploded in our public discourse, there cannot be solutions to our national problems. The Tamils are natives of Sri Lanka by right and genetics. Period. They are not alien visitors to be tolerated or accommodated.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      .
      Dr.

      That’s the problem… Sinhalese knows that Tamils were in the island long before them, and they are occupying someone else’s land. They are (scared) worried Tamils might push them into the sea.

      :-)

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        Dear Aratai,

        Sri Lanka has two zones. Wet and arid.

        What made you chose the arid zone instead of the fertile wet zone?

        For each Lanka Tamil there are 5 Sinhalese. How did that come to pass?

        What you should concentrate on is not on who came first but how you should share the common resources that Lanka posses.

        I believe that it should be equitably shared amongst all of Lanka’s citizens.

        Kind Regards,
        OTC

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          Dear OTC.

          Do you know before Buddha was born, the entire South Asia was Hindu land? Do you know, without anybody doing or forcing, a completely Tamil Kingdom now speaking a different language (Kerala).

          Until Mahavamsa is occupying your mind you cannot understand the scientific Truth. You know our friend Amerasiri has said many time that Buddha did not fly to Lanka and there is no Lion’s DNA in your blood either.

          All Languages change over time. Tamil was the langue used in all through the history of Lanka. The migration, the most possible reason, to take place was a drought in Bengal. Aryan invasion of Bengal is also could be another reason. This is what happened to Tamils after 1983.

          Lanka has been exporting rice always. The economic refugees came with the returning ships from Bengal. The rice exporters brought most of them as ship laborers. Their Languages got mixed up with Tamil and the Sinhalese came out of it. Because there were difficulties in merging the two languages (Dravidian and Arian), it had poor grammar for long time. So it was not used by the Monks.

          When Manama came from South India, he did not find the Sinhalese Language as strong enough to write his fibs, so he did not write it in that primitive langue. If that was case in his time, then no talk of Deepavamsa time.

          Buddhism came to Lanka from South India. That time too, a new Tamils settlement took place. Eventually during Chola time also Tamils came. Two times, during European ruling Tamils came. One of that was for Cinnamon plantation and the other one was tea and rubber plantation.

          Buddhism came to Lanka from North only. It might have reached the south somewhere in 6th century. That is why Mahanama not sure of who was living in the south and what religion they were practicing. At the end, he had mixed up Hinduism and Buddhism in the story of Dutu Gamunu.

          You know Canada was captured by French, but now it is a English country. That how the first immigrants of Lanka lost the majority in Sri Lanka too.

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            Malaiyuran,

            It is very likely that the Tamils in the South of ancient Lanka, became Buddhists and then with time Sinhalese. The syncretism between Hinduism and Buddhism among the Sinhalese point to this likelihood. The Tamils in the north and east, also converted to Buddhism in large numbers. However, many reverted back to Saivaism, while others migrated south and progressively Sinhalese. There was a significant number of Sinhalese in Jaffna during Sankiliyan’s reign.

            Anuradhpura district had a significant Tamil population and villages until the late 1970s. Anuradhapura had a Tamil Mayor, until SWRD started his sacred city project during his tenure as minister of local government. The Sinhalese also had an infusion of Tamil blood through the soldiers who stayed back after various invasions and military assistance missions from the Tamil Kingdoms in South India.

            Dr.RN

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          OTC – don’t you know that Rajapakse family and their goons now own all the resources. Not only that they also taking a big cut of all the Chinese and world ban loans.

          They are ransacking the country increasing their personnel wealth.

          What nonsense are you talking about sharing all the resources equally. Have you got the guts to protest again the regime looting the country, or are you getting your share as well and obliging your paymaster by writing load of rubbish on CT.

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            Dear Rajash,

            My interest is in finding an Equitable solution to the Ethnic issue. In the process of creating favourable public opinion it becomes imperative to demolish False propaganda.

            The first Sinhala Tamil ethnic riots occurred in 1939.
            If you know the reason let’s discuss it.

            GG Ponnambalam the founder of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress is the Mid Wife who gave birth to Racism in Politics by attacking the Mahavamsa and Sinhalese. The evidence I provided is from a Tamil Newspaper the Hindu Organ of 1939.

            There were Riots in Lanka in 1871, 1923, 1929 and 1931. ALL of them were Tamil Tamil Riots. No other ethnicity was involved. The Mahavamsa existed, the Sinhalese and Buddhists existed but there were no Ethnic clashes for centuries only Tamil Tamil Riots! Why?

            You have not countered that. Instead you blame the Mahavamsa, the Sinhalese and the Buddhists. Which of course is a Lie given the above.

            You drag Rajapaksa in order to cover what GGP did. Rajapaksa is irrelevant in looking for the causes of Ethnic strife.

            You have still not explained why the Tamils were fighting Tamils. Is it because that relates to a shameful past?

            Kind Regards,
            OTC

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              ha ha ha …so you have pre typed text that you cut and postall over CT. You cant think outside your pre typed text.
              The pre typed text is not your own either it’s from Lanka web

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                “pre typed text is not your own either it’s from Lanka web”

                Prove it as I have asked you before. If I quote I will acknowledge my source.

                I note that you have avoided answering the issues raised.

                Kind Regards,
                OTC

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    DR.J I stated elsewhere in CT that even though Amma won a whopping 36 seats she can’t put that to use as Modi won with absolute majority, on the hand this is not good for Sri Lanka Tamils.

    As you say Modi also has blood in his hands re the anti Muslim violence in Gujarat under his watch.

    So Mahinda and Modi both have blood in their hands. Will that be the unifying factor?

    I doubt that. Unlike Mahinda, Modi want to move forward and will treat all Indians equally.

    What will be his policy towards Sri Lankan we need to wait and see.
    Amma winning whopping 36 seats make her stronger in TN and she will still hold the trump cards over the Tamil issue

    As for modi taking Mahindas call I don’t think it shows any special relationship but rather international political protocol and ethic

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    Mr J Perera

    Can you explain what you mean by “maximum devolution” (to the provinces) please!
    (Not even India asked for maximum devolution. This could mean all sorts of powers – defence, foreign policy, taxation … Some devolution, may be.)
    I think you unjustly place fault entirely at the Sinhalese for the conflict (war as you prefer to call). The successive Tamil leaderships have provoked the Sinhalese in all instances in 1958, ’77. ’83 and to project themselves as innocent victims. They have failed to articulate the need for peaceful coexistence, instead have made demands. Have they engaged with the Sinhalese masses and the clergy in a manner to explain their anxieties, fears, ambitions … I think not. All we hear is that they made demands but the Sinhalese did not give in, and they then took up arms to kill the Sinhalese. You are free to buy that but count yourself as one of the few who will.
    Can you list Tamil grievances that you have mentioned? Can you think of specific rights that Tamils do not but the Sinhalese have?
    You can speculate as to what Modi will and will not do with respect to Sri Lanka. The man has just got the jog, let him sit down at his new office and take stock of his billion plus problems, including the US visa matter. Modi will soon spell out his views soon. I can assure you our own MR will handle Modi pretty well and don’t lose sleep over that.

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      lal Loo

      “(Not even India asked for maximum devolution. This could mean all sorts of powers – defence, foreign policy, taxation … Some devolution, may be.)”

      Even the sane minded Wiggy hasn’t ask for the powers to declare war on another country (India), unable to find diplomats of the same caliber as MEA political dimwits hence not demanding the powers to formulate foreign policy, he hasn’t demanded the powers to collect taxes, ……… so what are you talking about.

      When did you become an Indian expert? Even in India the regional parties are consulted before major decisions made, including foreign affairs and defense.

      All devolution of powers would be symmetrical, which means what Northern province gets in terms of maximum devolution the rest of the provinces too entitle and get equal powers. Neither North nor East get or enjoy special powers which would be denied to other provinces.

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    When Narendra Modi’s results were coming out, Sri Lankan President was meeting with a top military delegation from China and was singing a defence pact. How will this be seen by Modi? Will he think that this is a threat to the Indian security at a time when the guards were changing in India.

    As in previous actions of Sri Lankan government, this is another ill advised action taken at a wrong time.

    It appears we are good in selecting the wrong actions at the wrong time.

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    Keheliya Rambukwella was on news today that Modi’s strong showing in the Centre with the BJP attaining absolute majority would sideline the Tamilnadu CM even though Jayalalitha had won handsomely.

    Is it queer coincidence or an eerie aura that when Rajiv had far more majority than what Modi has today and the then CM of Tamilnadu MG Ramachandran had won in Tamilnadu handsomely, too. Of course, MR and his regime wants a comfort zone of a delusional disneyland. If Modi had to rely on regional support, that may have been a cause for celebration as each would be pulling in different directions. Now that he has a “freehand”, if and when he reaches a saturation point, god has mercy on SL. The “shut-up” he may tell Tamilnadu or SL can have different connotations, each weighing in different proportions.

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    it’s so funny our corrupt and moda Sinhala politicians expressing opinion and preemting on what Modi si and wht he is not and what he will do and what he will not and reassuring themselves.

    No one knows we have to wait and see but one thing for sure Modi will make India great agaian and he is not going to bow down to tiny Sri Lanka as ManmohanSingh did under the order of Sonia

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      King has already started to cry. He has said that he is ready for anything but not for the inquiry. He is so scared of the inquiry. He thinks Modi may use war to invade Lanka again, using this time international help too. That means if Modi cannot be handled in the way that during UNHRC 25th sitting King Gazetted to investigate IPKF for war crime and made Congress’ Sonia to shift her position to not to vote. If fact Modi would like to investigate IPKF’s war crime by Lanka to see who Congress politician are had hands on that.

      Lanka’s bragging of their might on India is over. Either it has to become as 30th Indian State or just do what India asks with a Salaam and a bow.

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    Jehan is trying to save the King from Modi.(The new Modi Ghost is a illusion created by King’s Media – so that he can go next round on the election to Mahavamsa Modayas) India voted in the election for its need. Paranoid Jehan is worried that India by debunking Sonia, the ardent supporter of the this King government, is trying to capture Lanka the Buddhist Land.

    India had a Italian Queen ruling all these time. Unlike Lanka, India had fought for it’s freedom and received it. Their Father of Freedom Gandhi, unlike DS who pave the path of the destruction of Lankan democracy, he put the foundation for flourishing country. So, they are growing day by day. Even the Western medias writing about Modi’s victory. The 2004 Indian election was for Lankan and Congress Crocodiles. This election is for India. They have suffered a lot for the past 10 years when the country was constantly plundered by Bandit Queen the Sonia. Now they will quickly rebuild, the way they did it in Gujarath for last 14 years.

    They have their own problem created by the Bandit Queen Sonia. Modi will not interfere the problems that are being created the King.

    So all what the Tamils can expect is this 13th Amendment will be dumped by King’s select committee. This will wake up TNA. Then they pay attention to the UNHRC inquiry. India will not be there to keep handcuffed Sampanthar. So there is a chance of something good to come out of next(2015) March session.

    Jehan has no chance of saving anybody and Nobody in Lanka is listening him so far too.

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