20 October, 2017

Is This Brand Of Politics Called “Mahinda Modi” ?

By Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

A much awaited and speculated decision was announced to the media in New Delhi on Friday 13th September, 2013, 06 months before the next Indian Lokh Sabha elections in 2014. With the decision made after much friction within the leadership, the controversial Narendra Modi got on stage in Rewari, Haryana, as the Bharathiya Janatha Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, 2014. Former Indian army chief, General (Rtd.) V.K. Singh who was with the Hazare anti corruption campaign was on stage, waving to the massive 01 lakh crowd gathered to hear Modi. A loud roar of a “Lion” was played on the amplified sound system when Modi came on stage. The crowd, though largely ex servicemen, Modi had a clear message to all Indians on where he stands and for whom. That message has ring tones for Sri Lanka too.

A few quotes from his militarily well dressed speech would direct us to where he would head.

  • This is the land (Rewari) of a 100 martyrs in every war in this country.
  • I salute all the ex-servicemen across India, not just those gathered here.
  • Wherever I worked for the BJP, I visited cantonments and interacted with soldiers. They became my extended family.
  • The threat of internal security: India has lost more Jawans to bullets from terrorists than enemies from across the border.
  • You can’t selectively deal with terrorism. All humanist forces should come together for world peace and progress in the developing world.
  • We must create an atmosphere where joining the Army becomes a matter of pride.
  • Strong Army, Strong Leadership, Strong Country – these are the dreams we must achieve.

Make no mistake. He is projecting himself as a strong leader, with unquestionable support from the forces. With plenty of “nationalism” bandied in different middle class forums including the Indian media after the Mumbai 26/11 terror attack, there is a tendency to project the army as a “patriotic force” and defence as a “national security” necessity. Also the long tenure of PM Singh as a non aggressive, non assertive head of the UPA government being dictated by the mother – son combination in the Congress party, seeing many riots in many States, has created a middle class psyche, asking for a stronger leader. Modi is certainly mixing them all together.

Make no mistake. When he says threat of internal security, he means “terrorists”. And Narendra Modi will not be dealing with “terrorists” selectively, he says. Yet for him, Indian soldiers had died of local terrorism than fighting across borders. In larger Hindu India, who are “terrorists” other than Muslims ? Just the way the larger Sinhala psyche saw a “terrorist” in every Tamil, most Hindus in India would see a “terrorist” in every Muslim, when Modi gets going.

His projection of a strong leader therefore will be symbolically “Hindutva”. Modi certainly is the choice of the “Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh” (RSS), in the larger Hindu constituency. The 2002 anti Muslim riots that killed 790 innocent Muslims in Gujarat and forced over 61,000 Muslims to flee their homes while Modi was its Chief Minister, is therefore no baggage adversely heavy for him, in the face of “Hindu nationalism” projected as “Indianism” that embraces all. 

The fact that BJP is very much entrenched in RSS ideology will not go missing with Modi. A voluntary organisation since 1925, begun to educate youth to be good Hindu citizens, the RSS still remains a voluntary organisation supporting social needs especially in calamities. The RSS ran into trouble with Mahathma Gandhi’s assassination. Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic was  known to have been a RSS member, though the Courts could not prove any RSS link in the Mahathma Gandhi murder. Decades later, Nathuram Godse’s brother Gopal talking to the “Frontline” magazine admitted that all four brothers were RSS members. Nathuram Godse denied his link with RSS after arrest, because M.S. Golwalkar the “Hitlerite” idealogue and his RSS were suspect in Gandhi’s murder, Gopal Godse told “Frontline”. In fact RSS was banned and for the first time, after the Gandhi assassination.

The second time ban by PM Indira Gandhi was when RSS opposed her emergency rule. The post independence Gandhian type leader Jayaprakash Narayan who came out openly to challenge PM Indira Gandhi’s emergency rule worked in tandem with the RSS and in most places it was RSS workers who were arrested. This campaign saw the RSS playing a political role and proved it has the organisational muscle and a gel like ideology to mobilise greater Hindu population.

RSS with many front organisations called, “Sangh Parivar” claims a membership of about 06 million, though denying having any membership lists. Their Hindutva ideology the BJP is very much into, has led to many violent off-shoots. After many attacks on selected Muslim targets, the term “Saffron terror” came to be coined for anti Muslim attacks carried out by Shiv Sena type fanatical groups. That’s very much like the “Saffron robes” here, on a violent march against Muslims and other Christianity sects. Just as much the Rajapaksa regime plays deaf and distant from Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) and Ravana Balaya (RB), so does the BJP with every anti Muslim attack across India carried out by these fanatical groups.

The RSS’s most versatile and ideologically assertive leader M.S. Golwalkar in his famous book “We, Or Our Nationhood Defined” considered the base for modern Hindutva ideology explains that India is “Hindustani” and belongs to Hindus only. Identical to the Sinhala ideology that father of “Jathika Chinthanaya” Nalin de Silva and his Sinhala extremist followers preach, Golwalkar in his book says, [quote] The non-Hindu people of Hindustan must either adopt Hindu culture and languages, must learn and respect and hold in reverence the Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but of those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture… in a word they must cease to be foreigners; Or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges. [unquote]

This Hindutva ideology is ground that Narendra Modi would start tilling for his election campaign, The whole concept of the new Indian State he dreams with a “Strong Army, Strong Leadership”  for a “Strong Country” on Hindu nationalism, is designed for the 04 million new rich middle class who believe India needs a strong arm to discipline society for future prosperity. A message that Rajapaksas too keep driving into the urban middle class. Its an extension of the argument for a “benevolent dictator” put through in this part of Asia with a patriotic sheen, after Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew.

In most new rich countries, China included, the new and growing middle class is heavily materialistic. They have their own single track interest in governance. Taxes, rising cost of goods, increasingly shrinking comforts in life and corruption in ruling regimes they think, is what effects their comforts. It was this we saw in Kisan Baburao (Anna) Hazzare’s unbelievably sudden rise to fame. This middle class would accept Modi as a pro business “developer”, Gujarat under him taken as the model for future India. Modi a shrewd politician has also made it clear, he is there to deliver on economic growth and jobs for all. The middle class thereafter would not bother Modi increasingly leaning on military support with Hindu nationalism to curb rights of minorities, if voted to power on the strength of the heavily polarised Indian constituency. Modi has the advantage of a Hindustani world, increasingly wanting to look after internal security against Muslim terrorism linked across borders, to be the “strong leader” he says and the middle class agrees, India needs now.

Just as much the UNP is now, the old Congress will not be dissociating itself of such communal politics. It does not even now distance from this sentiment which in effect is Hindutva. Apart from communal riots in Delhi and now Muzaffarnagar in UP where 31 were counted killed and all parties, Samajwad Party, the BJP and the UPA government MLAs accused of complicity, the Congress is dominated by a pro Hindu, dynastic leadership syndrome. Dr. Manmohan Singh was thus kept only as a proxy PM. A more dynamic Pranab Mukerji was moved as President to  India’s roof top, to give Rahul Gandhi an entry. The most senior of the whole lot in the Cabinet of this UPA government at present, Palaniappan Chidambaram, a corporate lawyer, a product of Harvard Business School, is not even talked of as a possibility. He is a South Indian, a Dravidian and therefore less qualified to be a prime ministerial candidate in a Hindu nationalist India. A Hindu constituency defined by RSS, catered to by Modi and meekly compromised by the Congress party leadership, Rahul therefore becomes the prime ministerial aspirant in 2014 from the UPA, all allies agreeing.

What does this mean here in Colombo ? Six months from now, the Rajapaksas will in most probability, deal with a BJP leader, who speaks identical language. A leader who may have Jeyalalitha or her AIDMK from TN in his cabinet. Modi has kept good rapport with Jeyalalithaa so far and her TN politics has never before accepted the pan Tamil slogan of a greater Thamil Eelam and thus in no contradiction with Hindu nationalism. She had therefore been an ardent anti LTTE politico as a rule. She has no reason to keep out of that political stand, given her chances to be in the Centre government with BJP. That for her, would marginalise her arch rival, the DMK and give her the opportunity to have much needed financial support for TN.

Any way, BJP has never been adverse on Rajapaksa and had not showed much interest in SL, except for Swashmita Singh’s guided tour, taken care of by the Rajapaksa regime. The Centre government under Modi would therefore read almost the same paper on the Tamil political issue as Rajapaksa. That would mean less hurried trips to New Delhi for the Rajapaksas.

The more important question thereafter could be, will the TNA have a leverage in New Delhi with Modi, to pressure Colombo for full implementation of the 13th Amendment that include police and land powers ? Will the Modi administration accept the Gandhian crafted “Indo – SL Accord” as a valid bi lateral agreement to compel the Rajapaksa regime to stick to, or sit to discuss changes ? So far, despite the UPA government’s resentment over Rajiv Gandhi’s murder, the Congress leadership was accessible to the TNA and the Congress leadership could not simply give up on the Indo – SL Accord. Will TNA have that same space at least, with Modi in the Centre ? The fringe groups in Tamil Nadu asking for a referendum to establish a “Thamil Eelam” somewhere in their dreamland, will also have to change course, with Modi in the Centre. Far worse it certainly would be, if Jeyalalitha gets into Modi’s BJP government.

Narendra Modi for now does not seem to deviate from the winnable racist equation, Mahinda Rajapaksa formulated for the Sinhala South when he was first declared the presidential candidate in 2005. He did not talk of war. He did not rule out negotiations. He spoke of a vibrant, single sovereign country for all. He projected himself as a leader with a strong arm and promised a booming economy with jobs and comfortable living. He said he would have “home grown” solutions to the Tamil conflict. Rajapaksa’s “Mahinda Chinthana” manifesto said all that. The Sinhala South knew what he meant. Did India hear anything different in Modi’s Rewari speech ? Did they hear the “Lion” roar loud enough, when Modi entered the stage ? Hindustan will be woken up for a louder roar, with a UNP style lethargic Congress party unable to provide a different narrative for a future India, except another Gandhi.

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    Now we have heard the wise man Kusal Perera foretelling the future of India and Sri Lanka, mostly to his satisfaction, within the reach of his imagination! India is not a homogeneous country and things can flare up easily.

    Future is not predictable; we can only know things as they are unfolding today.

    Who expected the Arab world to revolt against their rulers. Why is South Asia impervious to such revolutions or upheavals?

    Justice, true democracy and education together with military strength can give stability to a country – Even that’s not guaranteed in today’s world where imperial powers can change things to their advantage.

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      Modi is following Mahinda Rajapassa’s example!
      Rajapassa has been cultivating Modi and is Modi’s ROLE MODEL.
      Another wanna-be military dictator.

      If Indians are smart they should get rid of modi lock stock and barrel – with Modi in power INDIA WILL fALL APART. The IDEA OF INDIA would be finished.
      INDIA IS A multi- religious and multicultural COUNTRY – the most culturally diverse in South Asia.
      These are dangerous times in South Asia.

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        Don,

        Dont talk rubbish. The above is what you wish which is different from reality.

        Gandhi was a Gujarathi.

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    With Modi as PM I doubt RajaPox will be allowed to make a fool out of India by playing double games with China…the way the spineless Manmohan is letting him do right now. The Gandhis have dynastic dreams just like the RajaPox family, but hopefully the Indians will kick them out at next years elections.

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    for gods sake the population of Tamils in Sr Lanka is 2million. In the NE may be 1.5 million. Thew strength of the armed forces is 500,000.
    so we have 1 militray personnel for evry 3 Tamil in NE of Sri Lanka.

    LTTE is a bunch of child soldiers….with a small hard core fighters
    is the slogan GOSL was peddlaing to the Sinhala masses few years ago

    There is no security threat to Sri Lanka in the scale to justify militarisation of the entire country and allocating 25% of the budget for defence.

    The ulterior motive is a military government under Gota.

    The Sri Lankans are being brain washed and are sleep walkin to wards a military government

    So wake up all Sri Lankans.

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    Why only TNA can be nationalists?

    What about others?

    TNA is nationalist WITHOUT a nation!!

    People with a nation must be nationalist.

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      “TNA is nationalist WITHOUT a nation” says this strange creature who goes as Fathima Fuku. It is time the ignoramus learns for millennia this island has been inhabited by 2 nations – the Sinhalese and the Tamil. The Sinhala Nation divided itself into 3 – Kandyan, Ruhunu and that which is identified as the Kotte Kingdom. Fortunately, the Burghers did not have trickery and cunning in their veins to claim the Dehiwala-Kohuwala-Nugegoda areas as their Province although they came 600 years ago. They were far too decent and had much culture and religion in them to rely on infamy.

      Backlash

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        dont waste your time with this persons comments. Best leave it ignored. This person want to say garbage for the sake of it.

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      Kusal,

      Now you are talking my language. I have been saying this for the last one year since my visit to Tamil Nadu.
      I dont know how much you about Indian Politics but let me repeat what I have said.
      As you know Mr.Modi & the Iron Lady Miss.Jeyalaltha are best of friends. When the Iron Lady won the election it was Mr.Modi who presided over the Inauguration. It was on Mr.Modis advice that she ended the Asociation with Sasikala.
      When I was in Tamilnadu last year she was being talked of as CM to PM and although she will be joining Mr.Modi in a Coalition she is palying her cards very close to her chest and she wants to win all 40 seats in Tamilnadu ( 39 + 1) and that will give her a very strong baragining power as Mr.Modi only has about 26 from Gujarat.
      Mr.Modi is a Hindu Nationalist and MR is a Buddhists Nationalist and some people call TNA a Tamil Nationalists. I leave it to your imagination to work out the future.
      The Iron Lady has already made her intentions clear regarding the Lankan Tamils and I hope the Sinhalese Die Hearts realise the danger which is lurking round but then again Thugs only understand force.
      Only a Hindu Nationalist who has a Clean Hand can deal with a Sinhala Nationalist who has blood on his hand.
      Some people might accuse Mr.Modin of having had Muslim blood on his hand but the Courts have cleard him.

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      Fat “Mama” Fuk U Shiama,

      Any body can be a Nationalist and the following a full list.

      You can be Muslim Nationalist
      You can be a Sinhalsese Nationalist
      You cab be Tamil Nationalist.
      You can be Halal Eating Nationalist like yousef
      You Can be a Smelly Nationalist like yourself
      You can be a Nationalist Tart like yourself
      You can be a Wahabi Nationalist.

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    This well-researched article by Kusal, whose essays are always a delight to read, would have lent itself to be described a fair
    narrative if adequate space was also made to give credit to Narendra
    Modi and today’s BJP to the increasingly important positions given
    to Muslims in India in the affairs of the Party. In the past Gujarat
    State elections many Muslims were returned. The situation post-Godhra
    is such that in Hindu majority electorates Muslim candidates were
    returned – whose candidature was heavily supported by the BJP heavyweights publicly campaigning for them.

    The following list of BJP leaders from the Muslim community is only a
    small list and is by no means absolute :-

    Abdul Alim Khan, Sikander Bakht, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Arif Baig, Tanvir Ahmed, Moulana Suhaib Gasmi, Mrs. Rani Pasha, Shaikh Karim, Shiraz Quraishi, Gairul Hasan Rizwi, Dr. Iftikhar Ahmed Javed, Afzar Shamshi, Mrs. Nahida Shaikh, Mrs.Munnavari Begum, Salawat Khan, Rais Khan, Shafaat Husain

    The list includes lawyers, former Judges, doctors and other professionals.

    Let it also be known that hundreds of Hindus died in the last unfortunate Gujarat riots in addition to the hundreds that perished
    in the Godhra train incident where all those Sevaks were incinerated in a pre-planned massacre where the train doors were jarred – a conspiracy in which the hand of the Pakistani ISI was allegedly involved.

    Senguttuvan

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      Thank you Senguttuvan for your very positive comments.
      Yes, what you say about Muslim professionals being with Modi and BJP is accepted. They do. That is within the Indian middle class where some argue, the communal clashes have economic grievances at the bottom and therefore, economic growth is a necessity in diffusing communal tension. Gujarat and Modi is their excuse. Then there I are also those business dealers who wish to invest in future governments. Therefore, both BJP and Modi will have the advantage of exhibiting these elements for political gain.
      So does Mahinda R. He too has enough Muslim “leaders” like Rishad Baduideen, Athaulla, Faizer Mustapha, Cader in his ministerial entourage and even the SLMC, to not only to showcase minority presence but also to intervene on his behalf where necessary.
      But what I wished to stress is that, such individual presence is not what decides the ruling ideology. All such minority presence in the MR regime does not reduce its Sinhala racist hegemony. Because, his politics is guided by the fact that the social psyche is fortified as Sinhala Buddhist and he has to first address that agenda. So will it be with Modi with a growing Hindutva psyche that is nurtured by the RSS more than by the BJP.
      Hope my argument now is more clear.
      Kusal

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        As I am yet to read the article carefully, I would rather reserve my comments on Kusal’s prognosis. But here the commenter refers to the sprinkling of the Ice on the cake of BJP selecting and parading the various Musalmans as its baits over a period. In fact Mr.Senguttuvan has opened the eyes of many ill-informed like me about the “affinity” of BJP towards Muslim minorities. While I appreciate the long list of Muslim luminaries that he has referred to, I would like the mention the “Jewel in the Crown” Mr. Sikander Bakht, who wily-nilly made it to the top of the BJP’s p[parliamentary power, he was once a minister of Cabinet Rank holding Foreign Affairs in the infamous 13 day stint of A B Vajpayee’s stint as prime minister.

        But for that the other “notables” that can be mentioned are Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Shaw Navas Hussien, who have been loyal ‘His Master’s Voice’ spokespersons of the BJP, and real show pieces for the party, courtesy strategic thinking of RSS. It is another matter to discuss as how the life of these “leaders” are always on tenterhooks within the party.

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          Jag,
          Your response to Senguttuvan had gone, before CT posted my response, I think, from what you mention in yours.
          But your comments are also covered from my rejoinder to Senguttuvan.
          Yes. Senguttuvan has certainly widened the scope of the discussion and wish only those who can be constructive in responding would come in.
          Thanks Jag for coming in.
          Kusal

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          Dear Shri Jagadish Chandra,

          My intervention to Kusal’s piece was to point out to the readership here that Narendra Modi and the BJP do not hate every Muslim around. Both the BJP and RSS have mellowed very much from their original hardline positions. In fact in the Minority Mocha of the BJP there are hundreds of Presidents in various BJP branches through the country – all distinguished Muslims voted in by Hindu voters in many instances.
          This is good for the future India which the BJP hopes will be voted in next year where Muslims will hold vital and key positions in the sub-continent suffering from Sonia-Congress fatigue. In the event of a BJP victory among many Lankans celebrating will be Milinda Moragoda, who seems to have earned the personal friendship of Narendraji.

          Senguttuvan

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            Senguttuvan

            “In the event of a BJP victory among many Lankans celebrating will be Milinda Moragoda, who seems to have earned the personal friendship of Narendraji.”

            If and when Indian establishment decides to topple MR, I take it that Milinda Moragoda has good chance of being crowned as the Ventan, Velir, or Kilar of this Sinhala state of India.

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              Dear Native V,

              In my humble view, if India wanted they could have toppled any regime here anytime. But I don’t think things work that way out there. They would rather allow us to boil in our own oil – as they seem to be doing now. They know when we are in serious trouble it is they we run to – seeking safety. Mrs B did that in
              1971; JR in 1987 after much boastful postures; MR ran to Delhi
              almost every few months until they sent hints this is becoming a habit to their inconvenience. Counting on the Chinese is as wise as relying on some good coming out of that Grease-Yaka idiocy.
              The Indo-Chinese links are far too important to both regional super-powers to take sides on one country in the region against the wish of either of the partnership.

              Milinda R can never make it to the top job at any time even with the unlikely event of the CIA and RAW combining. Caste, his own unreliable political background, the record of the family in ruining tens of thousands of depositors in the Mercantile Credit fraud are all against this super-ambitious man who has been green, blue and neutral in the very short time he has been in politics. The man simply could not hold on to his caste-leaning electorate in Colombo East. He failed Mahinda R badly in the Colombo Mayoralty election. What more?

              Senguttuvan

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              Senguttuvan

              Thanks for your inside into king making.

              Please don’t forget RW was toppled by Indian machination so they say in the informed classes.

              The sources also say India engineered JVP split through MR or MR assured the Indian he would see to that the JVP was weakened.

              Anyhow, it is good to hear that Malinda won’t make it to the top.

              Who else fits India’s ideal candidate?

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              No he is a Foreign Vedda like you.He has no place.

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    My prediction is on different lines for India. If one notices after 2001 Gujarat riots, riots between muslims and hindus came to an end in Gujarat after Modi made progressive growth inclusive of Muslims unlike in congress ruled states. Even in last two polls , BJP won in many muslim dominated assembly seats in Gujarat.Since he is Guajarati, all Indian tycoons( most of them are Gujaratis) will support him. He will aim for a stronger military. with aspects to Srilanka, they will have very intersting positions which I will leave to time to tell you.

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      Mani,
      What about wheeler dealer mad dr subramaniam swamy merged his one man party with BJP. How he is going to influence indian policy towards srilanka….

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        Nobody cares him. He is a political broker and people use him as proxy broker and nobody is going to design any policy based on his words.

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          manisekaran

          Swamy is an Indian, he wheels and deals in the interest of India. You may not like him or he may not be popular however he has access to power centres.

          In the late 80s he arranged under water commando training for LTTE in Israel. At the time that was expected of Swamy. He successfully delivered it. It was in Indias interest.

          He turned against LTTE after Rajiv’s assassination, it was also in India’s interest. So did Hindu Ram.

          I see nothing wrong in his contribution to Indian interest, he serves the country as he see fit.

          My problem is that India’s interest should not destroy my ancestral island.

          Name one Indian politician who really cares about the ordinary people. The first and last person was Mohandas Karamchar Gandhi.

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        No Muthu,

        Loony Swamy will not be able to influence bugger all if the Iron Lady has any part.
        If you want to know why I will tell you what the Iron Lady once did to Loony. She invited Loony to a meeting with a lot of Ladies and when he was settled in his chair Iron Lady got the ladies to lift their sarees and Swami ran for cover and ran and ran and still running.
        He would not want to see any more crumpet.

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          kali

          “She invited Loony to a meeting with a lot of Ladies and when he was settled in his chair Iron Lady got the ladies to lift their sarees”

          Men are ready to pay hundred of thousands of rupees to watch such events. Why is this man an exception. I can’t believe this incident.

          Tamils put their faith in

          Ponna who betrayed upcountry Tamils

          Chelva, nothing happened

          Amir, he was lost in the changing political envitonment

          Adolf Indra, she stirred up the honest nest right above the stupid Tamil heads

          MGR, who was told to act as VP’s uncle

          Various so called militants, ended up in bloodshed

          Vaiko, Seeman, Nedumaran, …who burried the Tamils in Mullivaaikkal live

          VP, you know what happened

          Jayalalitha, who knows that your people have penchant for self inflicted pain, masochism perhaps

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            Foreign Vedda,

            Dont poke your nose into something you are not qualified to comment. Stick what you know about Yakkhas & Kuveni

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    Narendra Modi is a very close friend of Jayalalitha. They have a special relationship between them. If he becomes the Prime Minister of India, then Rajapakse regime has to be extra careful as Modi will follow the foot steps of Jayalalitha on matters relating to Sri Lanka. This is not good for Sri Lanka.

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      Park,

      Dont worry MR will be swimming into the Palk ( Park ) Straight.

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    India have democracy the government will keep on changing. Due diverse secular nature of India racists government cannot stay for long.

    On other hand Sri Lanka is autocratic country not democratic. President can use his abusive powers to stay in power forever.

    so get over with it.

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    An informative article knowledgeably written.

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    Mr. Sivathasan,

    With your seniority, learning and experience please do the readership a favour by making objective comments – including criticism, where necessary. You cannot have the cake and eat the cake always. Here Kusal
    Perera makes unfair and speculative suggestions about Modi – indirectly placing Lankan Hindus adversely. Please don’t wait until Narendra Modi becomes PM to make your comments.

    Varathan

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    ‘…except for Swashmita Singh’s guided tour,…”

    Did you mean Sushma Swaraj?

    SL Tamils should remember that regardless of who is PM, there are mandarins in the South Block, the RAW and the military establishment, who remain unsympathetic to Tamil aspirations, or even Tamils in general. They will try to ensure their wishes are followed–i.e., continuing their past policies.

    I recently heard that a young man in his early 30’s in the US who wanted to get some Ayurvedic medicine for his medical condition in Tamil Nadu, was denied visa even though he was admitted last year. His parents were Tamil activists of sorts, and they strongly suspect that was the reason for the visa denial. And that is 4 years after the end of the war.

    Even with the good rapport that Modi has with Jayalalitha, I think SL Tamils should not put much faith in any Indian Govt. coming to their aid. They should remain cautious about the intentions of India–the country’s population is so big that it is hard to predict whose wishes will be carried out– and strive to work out political arrangements with the Sinhalese and Muslims within SL.

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    Dear Native,

    Ranil is held high in Delhi. They can do business with him. Ranil too is politically and intellectually quite mature and diplomatically astute. Education, calibre and upbringing you might say. He alone is responsible for CBK ousting his administration. I know at least two senior UNPers who,on the way from Katunayake to Colombo with a nearly a million on the way, told him to resist CBKs audacity. But the inherent pussilaminous nature in the man not only caused his downfall but consigned the UNP to the opposition since.

    BTW, I meant Milinda M but a typo came in between.

    Senguttuvan

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