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Issaipriya, Vany Kumar And Ananthi Sasitharan; Women Of Courage – Beating The Labelling

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Out of the many women of courage the world has seen, three stand out for me. If courage is measured in real terms, free of prejudice, they would win hands down.

My women of courage are Issaipriya, Vany Kumar and Ananthi Sasitharan,

They’re icons in our struggle for justice and freedom, but they’re labelled as “terrorists”.

It is about these women of courage that I want to write about.

Take Issaipriya, a young woman who worked as a correspondent and news reader for the Tamil Tiger communications wing, whom the Sri Lankan government claimed was a combatant who died in combat. Now it has come to light that Issaipriya was a non-combatant and did not die in combat, was indeed taken alive by Sri Lankan soldiers, a fact, caught on camera which Channel 4 UK called “chilling new evidence” which would one day serve to convict the psychopaths who stripped her naked, gang raped her, mutilated her private parts, inflicted gashes on her face and head and executed her.

In seeking justice for Issaipriya, I wrote a piece published in the Tamil Mirror. It was also found posted in a Tamil Tiger website. I too have a label pinned on me as a ‘terrorist”.

In my appeal to world leaders for an international investigation drawing attention to “the sheer brutality” inflicted on Tamils, I wrote of  Issaipriya, her bloody rape and execution style murder, a war crime for which the dreadful and savage Sri Lankan army must be held accountable. I wrote:

“Evidence of the sheer horror of the brutality inflicted on Tamils providing “definitive proof”, has now emerged. Gruesome and graphic video footage shown by Channel 4 News of the naked body of a woman now identified as Issaipriya, a journalist and anchor woman for the rebel television station, “Oliveechchu” a non combatant, bound and shot to death has shocked the world. “Damning details of the date of her death and the soldiers who killed both listed on the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence website, fixing the date of the video more accurately and indicating which troops were active at that time,” is definitive.

It is suspected Issaipriya may have been gang raped before she was shot dead, these suspicions arising from the lewd comments of her killers, heard in the background in the video footage. The appalling way Issaipriya and the other women and men shown in the video have been treated has to be seriously investigated. Their killers who have behaved like psychopaths not soldiers, real beasts not men of valour and their bosses (in accordance with the doctrine of command responsibility if nothing else), have to have their day in court.

Issaipriya an intelligent, multi-talented beauty with an angelic voice, the darling of her television audience, who had a congenital heart ailment, who never carried a gun, was mostly seen with pen, note pad and camera and known for her principled stance in the struggle for freedom, has become an iconic figure in death as she was in life. Isaippriya’s dead body, in a state of undress, with her hands tied behind her back and her blood stained face showing signs of trauma, has generated a profound feeling of outrage in the minds of people who have seen the video, underscoring the need for justice to be served.

Issaipriya was one of many Tamil men and women seen in the video footage which also carried horrific scenes of some men being summarily executed. Jonathan Miller reporting for Channel 4 News said of the gruesome executions: “The distressing execution video footage, screened by Channel 4 News originating in Sri Lanka shows a number of incidents of soldiers in uniform shooting in the head people who appear to be unarmed – described as “cold-blooded killing” by an international expert. The video also shows the bodies of other men and women lying on the ground.”

In the light of such mounting evidence that war crimes were committed in Sri Lanka with some of the perpetrators now known and believed to have acted on “orders coming from the top” the Sri Lankan government and President Mahinda Rajapakse must come clean with the truth of what happened in the war in Sri Lanka and must submit themselves to proper scrutiny by agreeing to an international independent investigation…., “I reiterated.

Issaiprya has now become a symbol representing Sri Lankan army brutality, murder and rape perpetrated against Tamil women that still persists  in the occupied and enslaved Tamil country in the island of Sri Lanka, the image that would spur us on to never give up on the call for justice and freedom!

isaipriya

Issaiprya

Vany Kumar the next on my list of women of courage, was an eyewitness to genocide -a young woman who dared to tell what she saw, trapped in a ‘no fire zone’ now known as the “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields”. She was not merely an eyewitness  but more than that; she is the woman who made that desperate call for help from the war zone to save innocent people:

“This is really a disaster. I don’t know really how to explain it. At the moment, it is like hell…this is too much to take why is the world not helping”, a young woman by the name of Vany Kumar was on the phone to The Guardian Newspaper UK from a make shift “temporary medical facility” in the so called ‘no fire zone’ declared by the Sri Lankan government, where Tamil civilians were lured – This was the tactic the Sri Lankan government used; they lured and trapped them into these designated areas before bombarding them with shells, killing tens of thousands estimated at 40,000 by the UN Panel of Experts on Accountability, at 70,000 by the UN Internal Review Panel Report and at 146,679 by Bishop Rayappu Joseph based on those who remain unaccounted for after the war.

The full article would give you a sense of her anguish and the living horror she was witnessing, volunteering in a “temporary medical facility”  inside the ‘no fire zone’.

The article gave a terrifying account of Vany Kumar’s cry to the world in a bid to save her people:

Yesterday a shell was reported to have hit a temporary hospital in the so-called no-fire zone in north-east Sri Lanka killing 47 people. Vany Kumar, 25, works at the temporary medical facility in Mullaivaikal East primary school, which is caught between government troops and the last remnants of the Tamil Tigers (LTTE). Here, in a telephone interview with the Guardian, she describes life on the front line.

This is really a disaster. I don’t know really how to explain it. At the moment, it is like hell.

Most of the time we live in the shelter. There is not enough medical equipment, so it is really difficult to treat people. Food is a problem as well. There is no food at all here, there are no vegetables and no rice, they just eat whatever they can find, that’s all. The hospital is located in a primary school so there is only one room. We just try our best to achieve what we can.

I was in the office working [when the shell hit]. It was definitely a shell, there is no doubt about that. I was about 20 metres away, and I was sure that it landed inside the hospital, so I went to the shelter. I got the news from the doctors that there were people injured and dead. There was constant shelling so I couldn’t leave the shelter.

For us, shell bombing is just a normal thing now. It is like an everyday routine. We have reached a point where it’s like death is not a problem at all. No one has any feeling here now, it’s like everyone says, “Whatever happens, it happens.” That’s it, that’s the mentality every single person has here.

The most terrible thing that I have seen was when a mother had a bullet go through her breast and she was dead and the baby was still on the other side of the breast and the baby was drinking her milk, and that really affected me. I was at that place where it happened.

There is just too much to take. Children have lost parents, parents have lost children, it’s just a common thing now.

[The shelling] is definitely coming from the government side, that can be sure, because it is only a small area on the LTTE side and from the sound and from the distance I can surely say it is from the government side.

I don’t care about the government, I don’t care about the LTTE, my concern is the civilians because through all these problems they are the people affected.

The government or the LTTE, they have got to do something, and if not, I can’t imagine what will happen next. Both parties have got to have a ceasefire. I think the international [community] has to either come into the country or get both parties to stop the fighting and start thinking about the civilians living here. Every single person living here asks why the international [community] is not doing anything.

I really want to come to the UK but I don’t know. I’m talking to you now, but maybe tomorrow I’ll be dead.”

This woman of courage, a lone war witness at the critical hour, who made a frantic call to the outside world through The Guardian news paper got the flack for her extraordinary bravery and was branded a terrorist by the Sri Lankan government . It called Vany Kumar, ” a card carrying member of the LTTE (repeated by Lord Naseby at the Lords ), their “propagandist”, a “secret Tiger” in both its documentary “Lies Agreed Upon” and in the book, “Corrupted Journalism” which discredited not only her but also Channel 4 UK which featured her as one of the key witnesses in its documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields and the “No Fire Zone” movie.

Vany Kumar

Vany Kumar

Read my article on the Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields documentary.

In a detailed rebuttal titled, “The Uncorrupted Truth” Channel 4 highlights the failure of the anonymous authors of Sri Lanka’s book “Corrupted Journalism” to respond to “serious issues “but  only to “discredit the key witnesses” appearing in the Channel 4 films to date that point to allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by both sides showing compelling evidence mainly of the savagery of the Sri Lankan government and its army.

Channel 4 in its rebuttal dealt with the attacks on her credibility, that she was a member of the LTTE:

“…the 2nd chapter deals with Sri Lanka’s accusations against Vany Kumar : we start by looking at their first claim that Vany Kumar the young British Tamil woman whose family emigrated to the UK from Sri Lanka to escape government orchestrated anti-Tamil violence in 1983 is in fact a LTTE member..the authors of, “Corrupted Journalism” present not a single piece of concrete evidence to support their claim. They are in fact simply repeating unsubstantiated claims made by Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in an interview with an Indian current affairs programme Headlines Today – and in a  Sri Lankan government propaganda film called, “Lies Agreed Upon.

In that same interview Gotabaya said, ‘She (Vany) was talking about the rape. How can she talk about the rape when she was so safely… a person so attractive a person …she was not raped she was not killed how can she talk like that?’ This logic was summed up by the Indian anchor at the end of the interview, ‘Gotabaya Rajapaksa there laughing off allegations of war crimes, saying how can a pretty woman level allegations of other women being raped’ he paraphrased Gotabaya’s position as: If my officers were indeed raping women why didn’t they rape her and concluded: ‘that is the most absurd logic ever.”

The authors of “Corrupted Journalism” went to the extent of blaming her for claims she never made and attacking her credibility; that she told Channel 4 that the Doctors in the “medical points” asked ICRC not to pass on the coordinates. In truth this statement attributed to Vany Kumar by the authors was false, it was made by Gordon Weiss, who was then UN official spokesman in Sri Lanka.

Channel 4 further refutes the authors ‘ attempt to discredit Vany Kumar’s testimony, “..that she operates under a series of aliases”. This was proved entirely of no value and a futile exercise intended to cast aspersions on her character ; she was merely referred by names that had slight variations like, “DamilVany Kumar, DamilVany Gnana Kumar also Dr Tamil Vany”.

Vany Kumar’s “observations” was no lie for her accounts of events have been corroborated by several sources:

“It is significant that in a chapter attacking Vany’s credibility very little reference is actually made to her testimony. The one issue they take up is her description of the desperate medical shortages she observed during her time ..these shortages have been corroborated by several sources including the UN. In our films the most senior of the doctors in the NFZ , Dr Thurairajah Varatharajah testifies in video footage from the NFZ about the government’s refusal to supply adequate medicine.

The hospital administrator also describes the desperate shortage of blood and antibiotics, explaining that these are just some of the reasons that in this situation we find death has become normal and in big numbers. Just a few days after the interview is recorded he too is killed in a government shell attack on the hospital. He has continued to work at every stage and in every temporary hospital since they were first evacuated from Kilinochchi.

In the last few weeks of the war anaesthetics ran desperately short, there is ample evidence including photographic evidence of operations performed without general anaesthetics Vany explained, this is in more detail when she described one operation thus: “This 7 year old boy came inside and his left leg was just hanging and arm as well, just hanging into pieces. One side, the left side of him was completely damaged and we were thinking “what are we going to do, what is there for us to do here’, there is no general anaesthetic and at this point and local anaesthetic was very limited.

As a result even local anaesthetics were diluted and used..

Dr. Varatharajah has confirmed the desperate shortage of blood and antibiotics in an interview he recently he gave an Indian TV station: “they could have saved thousands more with proper medicine and general anaesthetics.”

It later transpires the five doctors attending to the dead and the wounded, whom the “Sri Lankan government’s Criminal Investigation Department had held captive for months” after the war, were forced by Gotabaya under threat of “years of jail to retract everything they had said before in the war zone.” Except for Dr. V Shanmugarajah still living in Jaffna who stuck to his story, the others tell a different story now safely out of the country, that is consistent with what they all said when they were trapped inside the war zone about the lack of medicines and surgical supplies including anaesthetics.

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Ananthi Sasitharan

To the claim made in Corrupted Journalism that “Vany Kumar’s credibility would be laid bare in a matter of minutes in any British court,” Channel 4 had this to say: “We submit rather the reverse of what might happen, it is the credibility of the unfounded incomplete and misleading claims in Corrupted Journalism which would survive no longer than a few seconds under the scrutiny of a British court.”

If it believes Vany Kumar’s credibility would be an issue in a British court, then why is the SriLankan government not ready to face a credible international investigation I ask?

Vany Kumar’s work is not done yet. Her testimony would be a vital piece of evidence in the quest for justice for those who perished in Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields! If her cry was not heard then, it will be heard one day in court!

Another equally incredible woman of courage is Ananthy Sasitharan, the newly elected councillor of the Northern Provincial Council, wife of Elilan, one time political head of the LTTE for the Trincomalee district, who later moved to Kilinochchi after the Eastern Province was lost.

Ananthi Sasitharan has come a long way from a wife who last saw her husband surrendering to the Sri Lankan military on the 18th of May 2009 and as someone who ended up in Manik Farm with her three children thoroughly distraught of the events that had overtaken her .

Now she is a woman of courage giving strength to other women, those whose loved ones have disappeared – war widows, ex-combatants and victims of sexual violence .

“Expressing mistrust in local mechanisms to address enforced disappearance..” she has written to Navi Pillay “seeking a UN monitored international inquiry into forced disappearances and abductions”.

She holds her ground and speaks without fear or favour and has “defied” Gotabaya’s call to “rehabilitate” her “to prevent her from propagating separatist sentiments”.

She boldly gave evidence at the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission as the wife of an ex – combatant and asked the commission that her husband be found whom she believes is alive and languishing in a secret detention centre under the custody of the Sri Lankan military.

At the Northern Provincial Council elections, placed number one on the candidate list running on the TNA ticket, she won the Jaffna seat with a 2nd highest number of preference votes coming second only to Justice Wigneswaran. She ran proudly as the wife of Elilan, senior leader of the LTTE, never yielding to pressure to hide her connection, an embarrassment to some, yet having to accept blame for cashing in on her Husband’s LTTE past, a criticism she had to take whilst making sure that everyone knows she was not a member of the LTTE, borne out by the fact that throughout her adult life she was a government employee.

She has weathered every storm and the intrigues surrounding the NPC elections; the attempts on her life allegedly instigated by the EPDP and the Sri Lankan military; the objections to her running coming from some members of the TNA; wielding her way through the two factions that emerged at election time one pro-Wigneswaran and the other anti.

Ananthy Sasitharan decided to take her oath of office from Justice Wigneswaran dropping her earlier decision to take her oath at Mullivaikkal and now has been appointed to assist the Chief Minister on the “rehabilitation of war victims”.

She had to contend with the opposition both from her party and civil society members to meet with Navi Pillay during her visit to Jaffna, it seems Ananthi Sasitharan has never allowed people or her “terrorist” label that others have stamped on her to cramp her style, soldiering on, focused on both her human rights and political agenda at home and in the world arena.

Ananthi has spoken out about the draft UNHRC resolution that does not call for an international investigation:

“The draft resolution being circulated in Geneva has failed to satisfy even the minimum expectations. It has totally disregarded the repeated requests from Tamils to the IC to deliver international investigations. Furthermore, it is in complete contrast to the impressions given to the Tamils by the international community in recent times.”

At this time Ananthy Sasitharan is in Geneva attending the 25th session of the UNHRC as part of the TNA delegation. According to CM Wigneswaran , it would seem he had sent her in his place, the expectation being that then she would be chief spokes(man). She has since speaking in a video has said she had been stopped from speaking at a “crucial meeting with the representatives of 18 countries.. where she was instructed to be silent by Mr. Sumanthiran,” because she would be looked upon as a “Puli” (Tamil Tiger) being the “wife of a LTTE leader” and as a “terrorist”.

She also expressed her disagreement with the approach that Mr Sumanthiran took that was contrary to the position taken by the NPC resolution:

“Mr. Sumanthiran is only urging support from the delegates to the resolution to be tabled by the USA. The need for investigating war crimes was mentioned, but he didn’t demand an international investigation, she said adding that there was no mention of genocide despite a resolution was passed in the NPC demanding international investigations on the situation equivalent to genocide.”

The women of courage I have depicted here actually surpass my ideals of “Women of Courage”. Issaipriya, Vany Kumar and Ananthyi Sasitharan are icons in our struggle for justice and freedom, beating the “terrorist labelling” they have dared to go where others have faltered and I salute them.

Reference:

http://pflt.org/justice-issaippriya http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-war-crimes-video-womans-body-identified

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCgTCty2W_w
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/video/isaipriya-sri-lanka-army-ltte-channel-4-documentary-tamil-nadu-tamil-tigers/1/321380.html
http://pflt.org/justice-issaippriya

http://www.terencebunch.co.uk/articles/sri-lanka-war-crimes-evidence/

http://www.defence.lk/new.asp?fname=20110801_LAUvdo

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/may/12/sri-lanka-eyewitness-civil-war

http://jdsrilanka.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/channel-4-documentary-sri-lankas.html
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/no-fire-zone/4od
http://issuu.com/theuncorruptedtruth/docs/the_uncorrupted_truth
http://www.samachar.com/relatives-of-sri-lanka-s-missing-vent-grievances-at-u-n-ni1qNJcafcj.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/ananthi-north-east-disappearances-committees-seek-un-monitored-investigation-into-enforced-disappearances-in-lanka/

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/27579

http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/27500

http://nirmanusan.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/northern-elections-litmus-test-for.html
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=37085

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    Usha,

    “My women of courage are Issaipriya, Vany Kumar and Ananthi Sasitharan,

    They’re icons in our struggle for justice and freedom, but they’re labelled as “terrorists”.

    You forgot to include, Mallala and many others. Goof to bring them up on this Women’s day week.

    Of course there are millions and but some specifically stand out, and will be targeted as “Terrorists” by those who are in power and will be affected negatively.

    Read what Buddha Said to Ananada about women. – Avoid them.

    You know how Jesus treated women,

    How did Moses treat women? Prophet Mohamed?

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      Cannot we also include Prema Manamperi who was alleged to be a JVPer during the 1971 JVP uprising, taken into Army custody, subjected to sexual and other abuses and, when she was taken around the Galle town as a demonstration to give a message to others, she walked without any clothes on her saying no purpose in them as everyting has been taken away from her; after handing-over the earring to her mother who was watching, courageously walked towards the Dadella Cemetary where she was buried half alive among several others who were also half alive.

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        Lanka Muslim

        Premawathi’s case stands out as super clean evidence of how of Mahanama’s Objects has been achieved by Sri Lanka Buddhist. Premawathis suffered all those because of she too a beauty like Iasai. The internal feeling of these animals, when they see better creation of the god, it is absolutely monstrous. It may appear it is triggered in these beasts by a white color skin or clean looking face. But in reality it is much more than that. The helpless weakness of the victim and the opportunity they perceive in their mind at time and other matters tell how inferior these minds can be. (So the common denominator in these minds is not just racism. It is seen as a weakness which can be opportunistically exploited. When they are pressed by animal feelings, at any cost, they are going for foreign national too. They can’t care even if one country invades them. It does indicate it is very dangers to Tamil live next to these) Aside from what happened to Tamils, whom Mahanama has taught as enemy race, if one put together the Tangalle rape and Premawathis’ torchers, one should able understand how futile Usha Sri-Skanda-Rajah writing can be. Even in animals, which kills each other, just as very normal behavior, not knowing what is meant by mercy, this type of SL Buddhist rape does not exist. The problems is, just for the sake of votes and obedient services , unlike their olden days elders who created the phrase “Sinhala Modaya” to criticize their community, the majority(if not all) of current intellectuals and leaders of Sinhala community is not ready to point fingers at their community.
        It is estimated about 40,000 LTTE soldiers were killed in the battle. But in the two JVP upraising 120,000 estimated as killed. The Sinhalese leaders are trying to portray the uprising of Tamils as the biggest incidence happened in their history, as the biggest problem to them and trying to gain vote out of that. What is the problem with Sinhalese community is that the entire society lacks a genuine leader to put their path in humanistic direction. The best they can get are SWRC, JR, MR and so on. Because of this the entire society, little by little, is turning into as what has been described as a “Kali Society” in Mahabharath.
        I do not believe an International investigation alone can bring necessary elements to return Sri Lanka make Sri Lanka Buddhist return to normal life again. They apparently need much more than that. Tamils may campaign for International Investigation and self-determination at UNHRC. But some Sinhalese leaders have to go UNHRC and ask for some help more than that.

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      Amarasiri

      I do think

      Dr Rajini Thiranagama,

      Mayor of Jaffna, Mrs. Sarojini Yogeswaran and

      Broadcaster Relangi

      were Tamil women too and were killed by LTTE.

      What has Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah got to say about the above women of courage?

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        She won’t utter a word about them because they were brutally killed by LTTE. USHA IS THERE TO CRITISIZE ONLY GOSL AND ITS ARMY. shasidaran and Vanni Kumar should be forever grateful for SL authorities to send them alive and well despite there questionable links with LTTE.

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        Native Vedda,
        Agreed with you. There is a long list in the Women of Courage. What about those girls at Sencholai who were killed.
        Moreover, how will Usha Sriskandarajah describe women who have joined MR and contested the election – women of courage or cowards or opportunists.

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          Citizen

          “There is a long list in the Women of Courage.”

          You are right, those women who have lost their near and dear and still live with their memories are brave too.

          Neither LTTE supporter Usha Sriskandarajah nor the war criminals and war crime deniers cannot understand what these women are deprived of.

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        Amarasiri

        Here is another list of women of courage:

        Poet Selvi

        Human Rights Lawyer and activist Maheswary Velayutham

        Both were killed by LTTE.

        What has Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah got to say about the above women of courage?

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      Amarasiri the eternal

      Malaya is being propelled in to stratosphere by the west and given all the comforts.
      You can’t compare her to the three women mentioned here, it’s not doing justice

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      This white arse licking bugger but self identifying as a leftist Amarasiriya is no doubt reaching the final bliss of pottiness at high speed. I am astonished he hadn’t said something about Mahanama and Mahawamsa here.

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    Usha….

    i believe that you are a pro LTTE .. if the evidence is true its a bad mistake who ever committed. what was their life during war. were they been involved with the leader for any intimacy.. if not how do you know.. were they been looked after well by VP.. bringing such reports as usual when there is a decisive occasion shows the motive of such reports even though the report was genuine or not, so the reporter.

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    Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

    No, these women are icons of Tamil fascist terrorism. However much you try to white wash them it simply won’t work. But what is even more abominable are the scum living off western charity and enjoying the security and luxury of diaspora life trying to rub off some fame from these victims of LTTE brainwashing and exploitation.

    TGTE = THANK GOD TIGERS ELIMINATED

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    Struggles & Icons apart, Wiggie is disturbed that Jaffna citizen has that much diaspora money in their pockets that the people & youth are into Prostitution, Drugs, Rape related violence & many more crimes.

    Stop your Buddha talk and take a serious look into the North.
    Wiggie is deserted. TNA politicos are playing politics & USHA SRI SKAMDARARAJA babbling nonsense about some Vannay kumar, Isaproya & Ananthi….

    Ananthi was so courageous that she was labelled a terrorists by Sumanthiran in Geneva and refrained her speaking…. So much for courage…
    Ananthi with her tail between her legs had returned to Sri Lanka speechless.
    WHERE WAS HER COURAGE USHA ????????????

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      perhaps to wag that little tail after 31st May.

      Remember every dog ha it’s day.

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        That’s when the ‘mighty IAF’ retake Akasi Chin area from China?

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          The Chinese have returned the POW but India has not and will not.

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    These women have been more courage than you bubble headed racists who turn a blind eye to these rapists and the killing of our own people. Unless you misguided fools ever understand the difference between defeating terrorism and crimes committed against the innocent by those who were meant to protect them, the next victims of the Rajapkshe regime will be from our own homes.

    Articles such as these are written by professionals, based on well researched facts. Exibit your ignorance and mediocre language on state run news sites, where it is the norm for ‘bent over’ journalists(?) to publish writings more apt for your limited understanding, on Rajapakshe gifted laptops.

    “Do you know how to unite the people behind you? The quickest way? Loose a lion – a rabid lion – in the streets. And when panic grips the people, once it has turned their bowels to water, calmly tell them you will deal with it. Then you kill it, and order them to hang the carcass up where everyone can see. Before they have time to think, you give another order, and it will be obeyed. And if you continue to give orders, they will continue to obey, for you will be the one who saved them, and who better to lead?”
    Robert Jordan

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    Are they women of courage or women who did not have any other choice.

    I think they were the victims of the circumstances.

    Only those women know it.

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    I am pretty sure all these women know in their hearts very well that they were pushed into this raging flood and they did not have any other way to survive except trying to swim in that flood.

    Just be thankful to the sinhala soldiers for not shooting at them.

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    The fool did not read the article about this Ananthi Sasitharan amd how her husband killed tamils

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    unfortunately people who have obtained their free education funded by peasants (sinhala 80% others 20%)of Sri Lanka and sent for higher studies for western countries and who never came back to serve their people funded and justified terrorism in SL, they are the cause of sufferings of issipriya, anathi and punch banda and heen manika back in SL. None of their kids died the horrible death due to terrorism and they have been groomed to take over Elam from bunch of illiterate terrorists. They destroyed/ genocide one generation of tamils by denying them opportunity for education and dignity of living.

    We know who are you usha and even your hubbi, how you people jump bonds and ultimately funded a terror campaign in SL carrying on racist agenda. Now you become pole bearers of HR. Remember terrorist is terrorist, and who fund terrorist is a terrorist,who glorify terrorist are terrorist.

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      Where are you living Andy?

      I know MANY MANY Sinhalese too who have gone with free education and never returned !

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    Where are those who proclaimed that our forces fought with the Human Rights Charter in one hand and with zero casualty of civilians? They vulgarly accused Isapriya as a combatant and when she was shown in Channel 4 being taken in to Forces custody only to be brutally massacred later is a damn shame just like how the zero casualty rose over eight thousand when confronted with solid evidence.

    No amount of building Highways and improving infrastructure will wipe off these heinous crimes committed expecting the people to forget them. Only way to reconcile is to bring the culprits to book who were responsible including the Leaders attempting to cover up.

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      Not so long ago, I remember this bugger Gaminiya talking about Sri Lanka is a failed state and the need of R2P etc of white arses to resurrect it. What has happened to all that forecast.

      White arse licking buggers like gaminiya never talk about the outcome of the Chilcot enquiry that supposed to have investigated and revealed the facts on [the deliberate fallacies of] the Iraq invasion. Today we all know that Iraq war not just killed million Iraqis civilians but brought no peace or democracy to that country after 10 years. Sri Lanka situation is completely opposite. We have absolute peace and developing fast. White arse cannot stomach it.

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    Now that Usha had mentioned three Tamil women who had directly and indirectly assisted psychopathic LTTE killers, I am surprised she hadn’t included neither Dhanu, the woman that blasted Rajeev nor any one among hundreds who sacrificed their life by blasting themselves to kill and maim thousands of Sri Lankan men, women and children in our buses, trains and public places to help reach their pipe dream of Eelam.

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    Usha Sri Skanda Rajah:

    Read this.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka-video-war-sexual-violation-tamil-execution-macrae

    Observe soldiers with M-16 carbine with barrel magazine. This is not Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan soldiers. The standard issue for all Sri Lankan military is the T-56.

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      “Observe soldiers with M-16 carbine with barrel magazine. This is not Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan soldiers. The standard issue for all Sri Lankan military is the T-56.”

      So what is your conclusion?

      My conclusion is that Sri Lankan soldiers must have used all kinds of weapons including chemical weapons.

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    Usha Sri Skanda Raja may have offended well known women of courage who also did not care for the welfare of children of other women, just like these three, who could be labelled as war criminals. Yes, Usha should have included Adele Balasingham, Navi Pillai and Usha herself, in this list of women of courage. Of course applying the same yard stick, we could identify at a very much higher level, several far more courageous men, the like of Prabakaran, Hitler, Stalin, Polpot, Wijeweera etc.

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    The 80,000 + war widows in the north and east are my women of courage. They struggle amidst scant help, but much harassment to survive and bring up their children. We hear little about their plight or difficulties. They are largely a forgotten lot. They are our living monuments to the cruelty of wars and our insensitivity to their plight.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      KP has been doing something for sometime now. What have you being doing all this time Narendran?

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        I am not KP! In fact no where near him. I have done zilch.

        Dr.RN

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    Usha:

    Just a correction. The three women you have talked about fall in to two different categories.

    1) Women of Courage 2) Victims of Horrendous Crime.

    Ananthy & Vany fall into the category of Women of Courage whereas Issapriya falls in to Victim of Horrendous Crime. There are many others and the story of Krishanthi epitomises the Tamil Struggle and MR didn’t even have the decency to say sorry for what his barbaric soldiers did.

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      Kali,
      I doubt your classification suits these women. What I feel is they were brain washed to be involved in terror activities. If they took part in terror related activities on their own, I would have to classify them under a separate category related to their IQ.
      Vany needs an added category, for lying. Please read the account of Dr. Veerakanthipillai Shanmugarajah who was the Medical Superintendent of Mullaitivu General Hospital.
      “Vany Kumar states that she witnessed me amputating the leg and arm of a six year-old without anaesthesia. This is a complete fabrication and I am amazed at such a claim for several reasons. Amputations were carried out in the makeshift medical centres during this period, but they had been performed by other surgeons and doctors. I performed no amputations at all during the crisis: the last time I had performed an amputations of any sort had been in 2005. I had performed more than 1,000C-sections from 2005 until May 2009, and had been the supervisor of staff involved with more than 5,000 deliveries. I carried out a C-section as late as 12 May 2009.”
      “I am also appalled at Vany Kumar’s suggestion that any major operation, especially an amputation, would have been carried out without anaesthesia. Because of our emergency disaster planning our stock of medical drugs and anaesthetics lasted us until the end of the crisis and anaesthesia was available right up until we ceased surgery on about the 13th May 2009.”
      “Vany Kumar also claimed that surgery was carried out with a kitchen knife. I also find this to be a false and amazing statement. We had ample supplies of surgical instruments, and used seperate surgical blades on each patient. We had a stockpile of 5,000 surgical blades as of January 2009. We also had the full range of instruments, including bone-cutters.”

      If you like to read more;
      http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/dr-veerakanthipillai-shanmugarajahs-affidavit-description-of-conditions-in-the-vanni-pocket-in-refutation-of-channel-four/

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      Kali

      Not two categorise there are three

      You have missed the important category

      1)Terrorist
      2)Women of courage
      3)Victims of brain washed women

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    Please add the millions of Muslim women in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and Burma who are subjected to worst human treatment.

    Also add the heroic Muslim women protesting in Paris.

    They are the real heroes.

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      Fat Fuk, has completed some English night classes

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      If to appear in public is heroism then you too could join them.

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      That muslim woman who dance nude should be nominated to a Nobel prize. I wish all muslim women follow suit.

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    Thank you for giving this information.We cannot stop this unless we get our Tamil Kingdom back and which was taken over by the Sinhalese in 1940s.

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    Thank you for giving this information. Tamils have to open their eyes and approach the US and Western Nations and Gt.Britain to move a resolution for a referendum to take over our Tamil Kingdom taken over by the Sinhalese in 1940s.

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      Brits were here for almost 150 years. Just as they used many other races the world over in many countries, they have also used you to keep their unjust rule going in this country. Its no secret that the Dutch brought you Tamils down from the Malabar district of India to till their tobacco plants before Brits. And before that, Portuguese had killed your last king Sankili and finished your Jaffna Tamil kingdom for good which had a history of only 300 years. And thats why you Tamils went back to India after that and never have even rebelled against the Portuguese, the Dutch or the Brits thereafter.

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        Banda

        “Just as they used many other races the world over in many countries, they have also used you to keep their unjust rule going in this country.”

        The Brits used the most stupid race to their advantage, it includes the stupid Sinhala/Buddhists as well as your brethren the stupid Tamils.

        “Its no secret that the Dutch brought you Tamils down from the Malabar district of India to till their tobacco plants before Brits.”

        Most of them now call themselves Sinhala/Buddhists and speak Sinhala.

        “And thats why you Tamils went back to India after that and never have even rebelled against the Portuguese, the Dutch or the Brits thereafter.”

        When did the Sinhala/Buddhists last fight against an invader? The last foreigner to invade this island was IPKF. Stupid LTTE fought against Hindians while the Sinhala/Buddhists state, its leaders, its armed forces were hiding behind their women folks and VP’s fat bump.

        The last rebellion against the Sudda was carried out by my people under Veddah generals while the Sinhala/Buddhists were making deals and selling out this island to them.

        Banda

        I know you have lived in your mother country (UK) so long you are unable to make head or tail out of this island’s history.

        I sympathise with you.

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          Hay Vedda,
          Can’t you get to your thick head that it is our old fox JRJ who pitted the IPKF against LTTE. And that’s a smart way of fighting both invaders at the same time and with one stone. As of now one is drowned in Nanthikadal, the other continue its fight with its various rumps in India. India will never ever try another ego trip to Sri Lanka.

          By the way, in addition to that ‘Vedda general’ who you said to have rebelled against ‘Sudda’, why don’t you tell us something about Vedda antiquities as well.
          Thank you

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        Banda

        Russia has very clearly shown the entire world how to invade and divide a country into two. It is time for India to follow Russia’s footsteps. In the 9th century AD, under Rajaraja Chola and his son Rajendra Chola, Sri Lanka became one of the nine provinces of the Chola Empire and was called Eelam Mandalam. This Chola rule was the longest and the most far-reaching in terms of surface area by the Tamil power. History should repeat.

        Jayalalitha in her election manifesto has clearly stated that there should be a referendum held for the NorthEast Tamils in Sri Lanka and abroad to establish the state of Tamil Eelam. In the next Indian election (end of May), Jayalalitha will be the king maker and sometimes she may even become the queen (PM) herself. In order to protect the Tamils and their homelands from genocidal Sinhalese, India (Jayalalitha) should invade the North & East and create Tamil Eelam if the call for referendum does not work. Tamil Eelam (North & East) should come under the rule of Jayalalitha and NOT Rajapakshe.

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          And this is why we need a bigger military presence in the north, not smaller :D
          By the way, master Cameron will be so disappointed to see you’ve gone from kissing his arse to kissing Putin’s and licking Jaya’s corpulent hind quarters :D

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            And D Blocker aka SS Sarma has still not take his tongue and nose out from his pay master Rajapakshe’s arse.

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              Make sure to get in deep between those folds of fat Ravi, keep fantasizing about Blacker to make the experience more pleasurable if you must, you don’t want to disappoint Madam Jaya now :D

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                Ha,ha,ha…..

                A dirty black pot calling a clean kettle black…(:)LOL

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            “And this is why we need a bigger military presence in the north, not smaller”

            Ha,ha,ha what a joke you are D blocker…
            Bigger or biggest possible, the SL military cannot match the vastly superior and sophisticated military of our neighboring state. It is not only as fat as Jayalalitha, it is also as strong as her. I mean the future iron lady and most probably the PM of India.

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          I do not deny Dravidians ruled parts of Sri Lanka not just in the ninth century but even before that and after that. I also agree that Dravidians have defeated Sinhalas many a times. Important thing is when Sinhalas were defeated they had no country to go back other than to retreat to the south. From the south Sinhalas always fought back and defeated the invaders. And when the invaders were defeated, they always went back to India. Those that remained must have been assimilated with the sons of the soil.

          Over 70 million or 90% of all Tamils in the world live in Tamil Nadu. So, Jayalalitha should have called for a referendum there. But to have a referendum in Sri Lanka is absolutely illogical because less than one million Tamils live in the North of Sri Lanka and the majority of Tamils live outside it.

          This Eelam in our North and East is a mythical dream of country-less Tamils who lives in the times of Raja Raja Chola.

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            Banda

            Right from ancient history, Tamils are from both India and Sri Lanka. There was nothing called Tamil Nadu until the British created it. What existed as the Tamil countries in South India and Sri Lanka were known as Chola/Sola Nadu, Pandya/Pandu Nadu, Chera/Sera Nadu and Eela Nadu/Eela Mandalam. Tamil nation existed and still exists in South India (Tamil Nadu) and North-East Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam). The Tamils are the sole occupants (natives) of both N&E Sri Lanka (Tamil Eelam) and South India (Tamil Nadu) when the colonials left. Just like the Arab nation has several countries in the middle-east and North Africa, the Tamil Nation had several countries (Chola Nadu, Pandya Nadu, Chera Nadu and Eela Nadu) in India and Sri Lanka and still has two regions/states in South Asia (Tamil Eelam and Tamil Nadu). Tamil Nadu belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of India and Tamil Eelam belongs (Homeland) to the Tamils of Sri Lanka. There was a natural bridge known as Rama Setu that existed during the ancient period from Tamil Nadu to Tamil Eelam (now submerged by the rising sea but still visible in the satellite pictures taken by NASA).

            The invasion theory that was mentioned in the Mahavamsa was wrongly interpreted by the European (colonial) Orientalist scholars. Even today the majority including some historians wrongly believe that the NE Tamils are invaders from Tamil Nadu. The so called invasion was only the replacement of the king at the Anuradapura kingdom by either a Chola or a Pandya king. In the recorded history of Sri Lanka, it is NOT mentioned anywhere that there was a mass influx/settlement of Tamils from South India to Sri Lanka during the Chola/Pandya rule. At the same time, in the recorded history of Sri Lanka, it is NOT mentioned anywhere that there was a mass exodus of Sinhalese from the North to the South. (Do you think the Sinhalese in the North simply packed their bags and went to the South leaving all their lands to the newly arrived Tamils without any protest?).

            If Tamils like Elara are called invaders, then the Singalas like Vijay and his 700 men were also invaders. Whether you call them invaders or invitees or tourists or whatever, Singala came from India and Buddhism also came from India. Both Tamil and Singala kings ruled the Island alternatively right from the beginning of history and the civilization was created by both. It is not mentioned anywhere that the Sri Lankan civilization is a Singala civilization or Tamil civilization. They both contributed, the Tamils starting from the kings Sena and Guttika as per the Mahavamsa. The Sri Lankan constitution does not say SL is a Singala country, the so called SL ‘history’ book Mahavamsa does not say SL is a Singala country and the Sri Lankan people (except a very few Singala racists) do not say so either. Just because the Singala Buddhists are more in number/majority (how they became a majority is no secret) that does not mean that the whole country is exclusively for them. A part of the country belonged to the Tamils before the British united the Tamil North (formerly Jaffna Kingdom) to the Singala South. The Singalese is the ONLY race in this entire world that foolishly believes that the majority race in a country is the sole owner of that country and all others (minorities) are aliens. No wonder the Suddhas called them ‘Kavum Kana Modayas’.

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    Thank you for giving this information

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    Ananthi may be courageous but really a stupid one.

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      Tamils need more of them

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        mechanic

        “Tamils need more of them”

        Tamils have run out of supply therefore they need to either import them from Tamilnadu or convert Sinhala/Buddhist women into Tamil/Saivaites.

        The latter is the most cost effective (cheaper) way of increasing the supply.

        Do hope you would help your Tamil brethren.

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    Usha Sahodari,

    “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die” (Senator Edward Kennedy)

    As Kuttimani noted “the blood of Tamil youth – brutally killed by
    armed savages in the name of the State – will nourish the nascent plant of the coming Tamil Nation.

    Kettikaran

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    Usha is a late entrant to Tamil politics in the evening of her life and after as well deserved retirement. She is just learning her ropes. It is ridiculous to compare Ananthi and Issaipriya. Issaipriya was a trained LTTE cadre, but was used by the LTTE on non-combative role as a newscaster for Nitharsanam TV. There are thousands of women LTTE cadres who perished fighting in the front lines. They remain unsung and upraised. Are they not all women of courage? Why pick only Issaipriya although she was cowardly killed and sexually assaulted after her surrender to the army.? There are photographs showing her completely naked body with bruises.
    Now Ananthi on the other hand was a public servant working at the Kilinochchi Kachcheri at a low level job. She did not have the courage to join the LTTE like thousands of other women. Her only rise to fame is that her spouse was a top rung LTTE leader who is missing after his surrender to the army. So comparing Ananthi with Issaipriya is like comparing apples with oranges.

    Ananthi was nominated by the NPC, but she was certainly not the Chief spokesman) as Usha tries to make out. She is a novice in politics, hardly exposed to international politics and what more she cannot speak English. So how she could fit the role of a chief spokesman)? Her trip to Geneva was financed by the TNA and she was taken to Geneva since she was an eye witness. The Army on the pretext of holding inquiry took Ananthi’s spouse Elilan after his surrender to the army along with hundreds of LTTE second rank leaders in buses on May 18,2009. These surrendees have not be seen since that date. Their whereabouts are not known. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says there are no secret camps and no one is held in secret. If this is true then the army has murdered all of the surrendees! That is the only logical conclusion one can arrive at. Let us wait for the report by the Commission on Dissappearances.
    About Sumanthiran sidelining Ananthi in Geneva, relates to a meeting organized by the UNHRC to brief about 31 diplomats from member countries. The UNHRC hand picked only 2 people for the briefing. One was Yasmin Zooka, a member of the experts panel appointed by UNHRC. So where does Ananthi come in at a gathering like that? The best person is Sumanthiran, MP who is one of Sri Lanka’s top human rights and constitutional lawyers. In addition he has under his belt an LLM degree in internet and electronic law from Monash University in 2001. But Usha will prefer meritocracy over mediocrity. To put the record right, Ananthi spoke on the sidelines to diplomats with the help of interpreters. Usha writes emotionally without utter disdain for cold facts and that way she provides a surplus of ammunition to her adversaries to fire back. This is exactly she is doing by writing long rigmaroles.

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