19 October, 2019

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Jaffna Calm After Storm

By Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

Rajasingham Jayadevan

My three day visit to Jaffna was a worthy experience.

This time, I travelled further north to Neerveli and saw and heard what my relatives, friends and acquaintances said. The face of the mainland Jaffna is rapidly changing, unlike the abandoned islets west of the peninsula. The visual image of Jaffna peninsula is fast transforming from the slumber of war ravages. Within six months of my last visit in December 2013, Jaffna has seen rapid progress. It is clearly the sheer resilience of the people to come out of  the decay thus reflecting the their hope for a better future.

Whilst the road works have beautified Jaffna, it is still to bring the much needed economic rewards constrained by the lack of stakeholder participation in the super imposed development projects of the government.

Very few houses symbolise war ravages. With the road works undertaken by the government, Jaffna looks brightened and people are going about with their daily chorus without much hindrances.

The passage to Jaffna was without military interferences. Except for the driver who had to register the vehicle details at Omanthai, the journeys  to and from Jaffna was hassle free. Unlike six months ago, there were no army sentry points. Even in the Jaffna town, I visited four times successively, I did not see a soldier on foot in uniform. However, I have seen army rounds on bicycles in Chavakachcheri. When inquired, I was told that the army undertake rounds on the main roads either in the morning or evening in small groups to possibly show their presence and their controlling interest.

I was told that without the heavy presence of the army, the people are feeling comfortable. Jaffna city has been rejuvenated, proving its vibrancy like the pre war situation. The city is bustling,  full of people, vehicles and Tamil music all around, giving the happy feelings of yesteryears. Some said, uniform-less intelligence officers have substituted the army and are all over Jaffna.

Being Hindu temple festive season, blaring devotional music can be heard all over. Plying of a Paravai Kavadi on the main A9 road to a temple chariot festival in Jaffna was another sign of the historical experience before I was kicked out of Sri Lanka.

The ongoing drought has completely dried the watery fields, ponds and the lagoons of the northern province. Elephant pass and its extensions of interior lagoons of Jaffna have fully dried up. However, the breezy weather kept the atmosphere cool and had driven the marauding parasitical mosquitoes away this time.

With all the socio-economic transformation taking place, there are serious issues that are haunting Jaffna. I found the underlying feelings are somewhat worrying. The post war Jaffna can be classified into three groups.

According to a traditional farmer I spoke to, who has to diversify his income avenues by engaging in varied economic activities to earn a living, the dilemma faced by the traditional hardworking farmers who are entrapped in the cash flow crisis is a result of heavy loan burdens due to free flow of government finances immediately after the war.  They are struggling to meet their outgoings and in the competitive market, their profit margins have squeezed and they are fighting hard for survival.

The second group is the spoilt brats surviving on the fund flow from their relatives in the Tamil Diaspora. They do not have any worthwhile hope or aspirations to progress but are only showing off, causing immense harm to traditional values of the Tamils. Their only aspiration is the dream of moving out of the country to the greener pastures and they are not keen to develop their skills in any way and have become the biggest sore for the society.

The third group is the neglected war victims. Some are being cared for but many of them are struggling with meagre existence. The worst of this group is the ex LTTE women combatants. In the society that still strongly hold to traditional values, these women are a social stigma and are seen as underclass. Having said this, according to sources, some of these ex LTTE women cadres are tough nuts and have still not mitigated their status to a normal life. I was told some hardcore LTTE men cadres who are being pampered by the soldiers and the intelligence service are enjoying unlimited freedom and they cannot be questioned by even their parents over their past conduct during the LTTE, as anyone trying to impress them will be confronted by the Defence Ministry mechanisms.

In the bustling Jaffna town, a KFC outlet in front of the Jaffna teaching hospital is another carnival spot. When I popped in to the Cargills Food City outlet, the western open plan KFC outlet in the next floor was packed with people. The Tamils on holiday from overseas have come with their friends and relatives to enjoy the mouth watering fried chicken from the multinational outlet.

The saddest of all is the meagre functioning of the popular Northern Provincial Council that is still struggling to fully engage in the development work of the province. The two horse driven council is showing all the signs of failures of the 13th amendment. The two horses are the elected members of the Council lead by the Chief Minister and the authoritarian Governor who is a senior military official whipped to take limping  rides by the elected authority.

In Jaffna, there are public notices all over, ridiculing the elected Chief Minister for the failures of the Northern Provincial Council whilst not mentioning about the petty dictatorship of the unelected governor preventing him from functioning.   The notices are pasted by the onetime ardent supporter of the 13th amendment, the paramilitary group of the government minister Douglas Devananda  who was hoping to become the Chief Minister in the late 2000 with his heavy campaign, whilst the war was raging between the government forces and the LTTE. Having been routed in the Northern Provincial Government election in 2013, his only hope appears to forge alliance with the military governor to foul the elected leadership.

Whilst experiencing the pleasantries and quietly listening and seeing the underlying rots during my trip, my marathon run took me to the lagoon coast of Kovilakandy on the western coastline of Kaithady in the very early hours. It was an unforgettable experience as the village showed how the people are still continuing to live like the pre war days. They reflect the undisturbed tranquillity of the past.  Every household was active. They were sweeping, cleaning and watering the garden and even the road. When I entered a house of my friend, it was an energising feeling as I was welcomed with warm heart in the centre of a little paradise compound full of trees, household birds and animals. The warmth of the incensed glow with the breeze through the Palmyra trees further provoked my thoughts to return to Sri Lanka for rest of my life.

On that morning, I was the first one to buy fresh crabs, shrimps and some meaty fish from the boats arriving from the lagoon. Unlike the fish from Jaffna lagoon, the Koyilakandi lagoon fish is mouth watering relish. It was the best of the best with a glass of freshly tapped Palmyra toddy specially brought for us by a local toddy tapper.

Having spoken to people at varied locations, I found there is fear among the people that the prevailing heavy political interference, bribery and corruption are preventing grass root level  revival of the northern economy in collective way. With the indifference shown by the government towards the northern provincial council and its lack of will to hold the Jaffna municipal council election are concerns of those I met. One said the government is for Douglas Devanda’s paramilitary rule with the backing of the military governor of northern provincial government.

When I asked the toddy tapper, whom did he vote in the Northern Provincial election, he said: ‘Who else! our party the TNA.’ When I asked why the TNA, his response was: ‘Do I have any other choice?’

On my way back to Colombo, I met a relative who lost her grand-mother in Colombo recently. She told me the difficulties she had to endure in Colombo to bring a closure to her grandmothers death formalities. This made me realise the government’s much boasted multi-lingual policy is selective for political purposes only. The relative said, she had to seek third party help to complete the forms exclusively in Sinhala language.

The worst visible intimidating experience during my trip this time was the sight of many nerve-wrecking military camps from Anuradhapura on the A9 road and the menacing military victory monuments.

Now that the A9 road work is complete, it takes minimum of six to seven hours drive on the 225 mile stretch road to Jaffna. The well constructed road is not without deficiencies. The two lane two direction road lacks the width to drive at consistent speed and to overtake where and when necessary. If you are caught behind a heavy vehicle, you have to prolong your journey until you could overtake at a safer point. The width of heavy vehicles and the breath of the single lane road is same and even edging out to view the oncoming traffic could lead to tragic consequences.  One wonders why these roads were not expanded beyond the present limits in the long stretch of  inhibited lands is a question even a person with even the modicum of intelligence will not puzzle.

On my return to Colombo, I also heard a worrying story from a friend. This is about the wage levels at the newly built garment factory in Kilinochichi. Having already established the average earning of a auto driver in Colombo of Rs 30,000 (£143) per month, I was astounded the workers at the garment factory are earning a meagre Rs 6,000 (£28)per month for working from 7.00am to 7.00pm for five to six days a week. Though I could not verify the claim, if the revelation is true, it is sad that people are being exploited unscrupulously in the former war zone.

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    .
    Your first few paragraphs shows the international pressure worked, and we must thank specially Navi Pillai.

    Last paragraph shows, the pressure must continue.

    :-)

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      Arati-Jayadevan Comment

      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/jaffna-calm-after-storm/
      You are absolutely right on [Edited out]
      A recent example was the article by Jayadevan that tuk-tuk drivers in Colombo uniquely voice the sentiments of the paddy farmers, whom Mervyn Silva (not the Kelaniya one!) identified as representing the nation’s voice. And, Jayadevan’s sole rationalizing of his “brilliance” was that the tuk-tuk guys “may” (”impression only”) have come from paddy provinces.

      It never dawned on him that in fact if the tuk-tuk guys came from paddy province, that actually would negate his own argument, because these are then potential paddy farmers who had opted to change their career willing to live the hard life in the slums and work in the city at the lowest rung of the society rather than pursue paddy farming at the comfort of their own homes and villages. That hard choice would have come only on the realization that there was no prospect to make a living in paddy farming! And, Jayadevan believes that these cross-overs would continue to voice the sentiments and aspirations of paddy farming folks, rather than worry about the issues affecting their new abode and employment! What marvelous insight?!

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        Sri Lanka has shills everywhere: Some paid by the state others not; in the UN, in the Commonwealth, in the UK parliament, in Indian press and parliament, and many opinion vendors, of course.

        Can you spot one? Yes, we can if we stay alert: The thread runs in their stories hawked as facts.

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      Arthai;
      it is sad to say that,
      He, Mr Rajasingham Jayadevan did not meet the War battered Thamilans in Vanni and Sinhalese in the East.

      It is Pitty that He could not Turn his trip to Mallawi, Thunukkai side or From Paranthan to Pudukuduirippu area to see what is the Situation there.
      I am Not referring to the Government Funding Tamil Groups with Former LTTERS Like KP, Karuna… and Civil protection Forces , But the Real war victims who do not have any Some Body’s Somebody with them to help.
      Only the Some Jaffanaits of affluent, Either having connections with Dogiya or relatives in the RICH Tamil Diaspora are living lavishly.

      What about The Fishermen getting Harassed by Indian Navy, indian Fishing Trawlers and locale Kappan Mafia.
      And the Innocent War widows, who doesn’t have any income, some have become pleasure dolls to Security force personnel’s and some are with small kids, loafing around the towns.
      Do any body care about them and the

      Who cares of poors of war victims from all communities??. No body.

      ANY HOW, It is happy to hear that Rajasingham Jayadevan’s three day visit to Jaffna was a worthy experience TO HIM ONLY.

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        I agree with Ju Amare.

        Rajasingham Jayadevan – Your preaching is good for those who never been to Jaffna. By the way – How much?

        ‘I popped in to the Cargills Food City outlet, the western open plan KFC outlet in the next floor was packed with people. The Tamils on holiday from overseas have come with their friends and relatives to enjoy the mouth watering fried chicken from the multinational outlet.’

        -If this is what you call development – May God bless you.

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      The infrastructure develoment is a step started even before SLns know the name of pillay. And reduction of SLA is a continuous process that started from end of war, which anyhow needs to be done.

      If army has control or presense in north even at this level that is due to international pressure creating probs in north. Had not for so called international pressure, the transition would have been much more smoother and better

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    Jaffna Calm After Storm………..

    Certainly it has to be so as Castro’s Inns are all things of the past if Jayadevan still has memories.

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      Chattering rasping and barking Thondamannar/Jayadevan,

      check your “bad juju”.- two rotten plums.ಠ_ಠ

      villagers,feudal fetish sarema-kehel system.

      uura_dena!!ಠ_ಠ

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    Good article . I also have made it my mission to all corners of the island that I have not traveled before . Next I will try to cover jaffna Tinco and Batti . Jaffna I have been to before but the other two I have never been .

    If the chief minister has any brains he will try to work with the Governor, for better or for worse that is his only real option , if not he will be just a lame duck . a CM in name only . and if he thinks the out side countries will change anything he is an idiot .

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      I am an arm chair commentator. And always love my fellow arm chair commentators. Keep it up.

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      Do you want the chief justice to sell his sole like Karuna, K.P, and Dougiie? Do you want him to drive a “white van” or aide and abet murders? Any one who is aligned to the “king” has to be proficient in all these activities!!!

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    Oh! the cesspit called Jaffna.

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      you mean the cesspit called Jaffana in an cesspit island called Lanka

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    Mr Jayadevan’s downplaying of the military interference in Jaffna is highly questionable.

    Having occupied private lands as high security areas and settled themselves there the military is perhaps referred to as non interfering. Other similar activities include military control over agro- commercial activities including fishing at the expense of the locals.
    The incidence of rape and other abuses of females have also been referred to frequently. Did Mr Jayadevan take the trouble to meet with and talk to the alleged victims?
    The reference to ” spoilt brats” is harsh. Why have they become “spoilt”? Is it because they lack opportunities to have a good education and better themselves? What is wrong in aspiring to go overseas as so many thousands have done?
    But for the flow of funds from the ” diaspora” the Jaffna people will have a meager existence, as will many from the South who rely heavily on inward remittances from the southern expats.

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    So the posters which dis the Vellala CM were put up by the Opposition Party, not the Sinhala Buddhist Extremists…. Right ?

    Isn’t this a sign of a healthy Democracy?.

    If the Vellala CM gets his own TNA Police , will the Opposition which is Doughie’s non Vellalas and ex LTTErs according to Jayadevan ,be allowed to express their views on Vellala rule?.

    There seem to be a lot of fabulous Infrastructure in place,in post Nanthikadal Peninsula according to Jyadevan .

    But no Venture Capitalists or entreprenuers to put up the money and give employment to ex Captives

    Didn’t one n Ellalan from the Diaspora say in another column ,that he got the dough to even buy Rajapaksa?.

    And he is a Vellala from Vadukkodaii in his own words…

    May be he is a different Vellala to our Vellall CM. Otherwise he would have helped to make the CM look better than what he is now…

    Perhaps these rich Vellalas are holding back until the TNA boss gets the Eelaam , when Rainbow Ranil wins the Presidency through Sobitha.????.

    Or would RR dare to do it himself?.

    But the problem is Rainbow Ranil hates Chinese more than the LTTE proxy heavies in the TNA like Prema and Siva.

    Rain Bow Ranil said he doesn’t want the Chinese to build Trinco Harbour which is not even in the TNA territory which has been ear marked by the Diaspora for the Eelaam.

    If the TNA gets freehold titles to our Govt Land, will Sambandan and CM dismantle all our Chinese built Infrastructure and get their mates in the West to rebuild them?

    Although the interest rates in the West are zero at the moment, still our future generation wouldn’t have the same luxury . Would they?.

    So the repayments could be quite a serious burden on them.

    Very interesting and thought provoking points in Jayadevan’s write up.

    Jaya should have borught a bottle of Bourgogne Blanc at least (only 10 quid) to enjoy that sweet meaty morsels from the Jaffna lagoon

    Don’t get me wrong.

    I love our Palm Toddy. In fact I bought 4 litres on the way back from Nagadipa , and it quenched the thirst right up to Talawila.

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      ” love our Palm Toddy. In fact I bought 4 litres on the way back from Nagadipa , and it quenched the thirst right up to Talawila “

      My my what a come down earlier you used to sip Johny Walkers or Black and White and now the poor mans drink huh !

      Anways good to see you enjoy the drink of Silvas and Kandiahs Mr K A Sumanasekera!

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      KAS- is that all you can afford to drink- displays the reason for the heavy chip on your shoulder. Perhaps you need a bit of funds from the diaspora = Can I arrange for your mental treatment at my expense? It is diaspora money though, but I am sure you can be bought. will do this if you will stop writing rubbish to CT- instead start a communication line with BBS who will be very glad to keep you in Gnasaras room.

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      Sumanasekara:

      You are already drunk on Tamil Blood and why do you need the piss from Palmyra Tree.
      As for your interest in Tamil Caste System let me explain and you sound like a Sinkala Pal.

      The following is the Caste Tree.

      Piramanan
      Cheetyar
      Vellala
      Koviyan
      Nalavan
      Prayan
      Pallan ( Where you belong)

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      //Doughie’s non Vellalas //

      Douglas is a high caste vellala, But, who cares about the truth,KAS?

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    Rajasingham,

    It heartens me to learn that the utterly defeated and war ravaged people of Jaffna are beginning to come back to life. Poor souls.

    Most stories on CT are rather gloomy.

    I agree CM will have an uphill battle to contribute anything meaningful to the economy of Jaffna. There are sycophants such as Devananda and the Governor (the former military man) with all the might of Colombo backing them who stand on CM’s way.

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    Clearly an honest account of observations, thanks for sharing it with us.
    But I fear it is superficial. In Tamil they say, “truth is not discovered by sensing (seeing and hearing), truth is found by meticulous and in-depth inquiry.”

    The adverse effects of militarization in Sri Lanka (particularly true for the North, but is now hurting the South badly — without the population realizing it) cannot be measured by counting the number of soldiers you saw during a short visit. Sadly, the damage being done to Sri Lanka is long term and profound.

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      Militarization began with the Indian peace keeping force that came to remove the home-spun militarization began by Prabhakaran. So it it not just this government at fault. It is ALSO the stupid Tamil leaders (The Colombo Lawyers that go all the way back to Samuel James Chelva, Ponnambalam and come through Amirthalingam, Sampanthan, and now Wigneswaran and Abraham Sumanthiran). These guys were fool enough to set a small minority against a majority 10 times bigger on a military confrontation.

      Just look at Thondaman, and see how he followed a more sensible policy, and got essentially all his demands for his people, while the tamil leaders shunned Thondaman because he was a “Low-caste Indian Coolie boss”.

      Instead, unlike the plantation tamils, the Ceylon Tamils actually had everything in the 1950ies. The were tops in the professions, in commerce and in education, law, banking and technology. So we wanted Arasu and crown ourselves in addition. It would be like if the Jews in New York, controlling the finances and even the US government, were to ask for Yiddish to be made the official language in USA, and begin a fight for the separation of the Jewish part of New York State into a Jewish kingdom!!! The Jews were much smarter than our SJV, GGP and other lawyers, and the Jews set it up in Palastine.

      My be now that all the Rich Tamil leaders of your, or their kith and kin who are abroad should set up Eelam in Scarborough, Canada. Then the “spoilt brats” can easily migrate there.

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        You must be joking right when you wrote these famous words:

        “Just look at Thondaman, and see how he followed a more sensible policy, and got essentially all his demands for his people, while the tamil leaders shunned Thondaman because he was a “Low-caste Indian Coolie boss”. “

        Are you aware of the continuing low living standards enjoyed by these people?

        Are you aware of the low pay and “appalling conditions” endured by Sri Lanka’s tea pickers?. So much so in 2012 an international campaign was launched in nations where tea drinketrs are prevalent to bring into focus the plight of these people.

        Are you aware that the industry earned 1.16 billion euros ($1.5 billion) in 2011. But the pickers were paid just 380 rupees a day – about 2 to 3 euros and according to Minority Rights Group the cost of tea at a Cafe in the west is much more than what those people are paid for a days work.

        Are you aware of the following:

        “They were stateless, and as such were deprived of many of the rights and benefits of full citizens. They were finally granted citizenship in 2003, but many continue to have problems with documentation, which affects their right to vote, send their children to school, get government jobs and open bank accounts.”
        source: http://www.trust.org/item/?map=tea-drinkers-urged-to-press-for-sri-lankan-pickers-rights/

        Did you note above. Long after Thoda passed away, only in 2003 did they managed to get their Citizenship.

        Are you aware that the vast majority of the tea plantation workers are Upcountry Indian Tamils and more than half are women who earn much less to sustain their families?

        Are you aware that many of these people even today have no land rights and are homeless?. Here read about it: TEA WORKERS DEMAND LAND, ANGRY OVER PLAN TO LEASE IT TO BUSINESSES http://www.socialwatch.org/node/15450

        Also read the part in the above article on what the people who are standing up for their rights are saying about their politicians:

        “Politicians cheat and mislead them, companies focus only on income generation without considering their needs,” said Chinthaka Rajapaksha of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform.

        “The fruits of their hard labor are pocketed by greedy plantation owners and politicians,” he said. “Their kids grow up malnourished and underweight.”

        He urged the government to re-think plans to offer vacant plots for lease to businesses and to grant them to the workers in the 2013 budget, which will be announced in November.

        ——————–

        Now that you know take action. Sign this petition; http://www.priceoftea.com/take-action/. Free yourself from the bulldust and spin put out by the media and Thondaman’s utterly useless alcoholic and womanising grandson. These people are still being kept and treated as “coolies” both by Thondaman’s grandson and the greedy Sri Lankan state.

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    Mr Jayadevan, thanks for this honest account of your experience. Your account more or less mirrors my own experience when I made a very brief visit to Jaffna a few months ago. Is it not true that many of the down-sides that you refer to are common threads that bind the North and South?…….. Nepotism, corruption, militarisation, addiction, changing social value due to the effects of social media and the so called ‘pudu panam’ (or new wealth) etc. etc. But the bottom line is life is better and the people are living a better life………and that matters
    At this juncture Should we not attempt to overcome the problems that you highlight by working towards a ‘common and inclusive Sri Lankan identity’ ? Sectarianism and politics of the 70s surely have had their day. They have proven to be bad for the Sinhalese and worse for all minorities. The common inclusive identity I refer to does not mean any individual group giving up its own values or identities. Of course there are votes to be won in promoting fear and hatred…….but is this not something that we can overcome together rather than as seperate groups with hatred and revenge in our hearts? The ‘BBS phenomenon’ was condemned by all Communities and should we not as a people attempt to harness these sections in our attempts at evolving this ‘inclusive SriLankan identity’. The inescapable fact in all this is that the welfare and happiness of any minority group is inextricably linked to the welfare and happiness of the Sri Lankan state and ALL it’s people……..something that many of us tend to forget frequently. Components of a ‘Whole’ can only be nourished by feeding the ‘Whole’………..surely we are all intelligent enough to see this.
    Thanks for this account and please do not be put off by people who may call you names for speaking out the truth as you saw them.
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School.

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      Just curious, if things are better as you say, and you are a doctor, why not come back and serve your people (sri lankan people does not have to be tamil)?

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        Robert,
        Many educated and intellectual Tamils left Sri Lanka when Parayabakaran started the genocide of Sri Lankans. Now that they have settled down and have children born in those countries it is impossible to uproot them to move to Sri Lanka. I am sure Mahesan would love to come back and help his Tamil community once retired.

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          Nuisance

          Its you again.

          “Many educated and intellectual Tamils left Sri Lanka when Parayabakaran started the genocide of Sri Lankans.”

          The exodus started after 1956. Tamils and Burger left the country in draws. Do you know why did they leave?

          The exodus was accelerated by the 1983 riots. Don’t forget between 1977 and 1983 Tamils returned to their land hoping to contribute to their fellow citizens only to find themselves got caught in yet another riots, which was organised and perpetrated by your own kind, the Sinhala/Buddhists racists.

          Why don’t you straighten your head before you type your stupid revisionist history.

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            Thank you. And just when I thought that nuisance had gone to get his head check, he is back without taking the medication.

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              Robert.R

              The repugnant Nuisance is neither he nor she, possibly an it.

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            Vedda,
            Do you know the population of Tamils (as a percentage) in 1953 and now? According to your mass exodus story they must be close to 0% by now! I was going to support a Tamil home land and a elam for Tamils but now with your statistics there is no need for one!
            What initiate the riots of 1983? Why do such riots happen only when parayabakaran kill Sri Lankans? Did you anytime advice Parayabakaran and his henchmen to refrain from violence? Did you contribute to LTTE terror activity?

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          We thought Rajapakshe white vanning had taken you- since none of us heard anything from you for the last few weeks.
          Eusense – nice to see you appearing here again.

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          Eusense:

          Do you know thousands of your lot left and claimed Asylum claiming victimisation and can you tell me from who. Was it Chandrika, Fonseka, Gotha or BBS or were they opportunist. By the way why did you claim asylum.
          Can you explain

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            PFG,
            You appear to be in a state of delusion!

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        Rob, Talawekalle is the Peroni Piccola Guide with
        et – Piccola healing Dancer PhD.

        Only Sir Ferguson performed that feat in the English city.

        ;)

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          Javi you uneducated:

          A.B,C,D Kilavnatai Thadi. Ammako Chicako.

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            Moosala Mamo,

            Let us drink, for we must die;)

            a man who is not even there.!

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      Mahesan,

      Being honest is fine, but the problem is with being gullible. Number of these naive supporters (if not apologists) who were honest in their expression of awe even as recent as mid-2013 at the massive non-participatory reconstruction, are only now realizing the underhanded intentions of the regime and now concede that “the regime cannot be trusted.” I refer to Narendran Rajasinghams recent posting conceding how wrong he was. I will be happy to re-post his views (I have reason to doubt he was honest in his perceptions) of the past – even as late as mid-year last year.

      The issue is that these naive but honest expressions became the critical and handy instruments for the regime to continue their trickery, shielded from internationals and even the well-meaning Sinhalese.

      As someone noted, one should not be fooled by the calm at the surface, unmindful of the undercurrents – frankly the calm calls for even more caution rather than comfort.

      It is also sad that you would qualify the large segment of Diaspora’s caution as “but is this not something that we can overcome together rather than as seperate groups with hatred and revenge in our hearts?” It is possible that some or most in your particular circles, not unlike the extremist such as BBS, act stupidly as you suggest. But that does not warrant your generalization – thus again providing a handy shield for the regime to use. The majority of the Diaspora view, interest and agony are nowhere close to your expressed perception!

      “Trust but verify” is an excellent dictum to keep in mind. It is in that respect I wanted to point out how honest expression with shallow insight and presumptions can be so misleading” as in the tuk-tuk driver experience that Jayadevan extrapolated to cover Mervyn concept of that nation’s voice. Such inappropriate extrapolations without an understanding of the fundamentals, particularly coming from academics and professionals is very disconcerting, to say the least. Would you agree?

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        Oops! I meant to say “I will be happy to re-post his views (I have no reason to doubt he was honest in his perceptions)” Inadvertantly I missed the “no”. My Apologies – I reiterate, it is not the honesty, or lack thereof, that is the concern.

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      Mahesan,

      You and your drinking buddy in Manchester seems to have different thought processes to those of the Vellalas in Colombo.

      “Welfare and Happiness of the Srilankan State and All its People” are totally Haram for the Vellala TNA and its ageing Leader Sambandan.

      How many times did Rajapaksa offer the Olive branch to Sambandan and his Apprentice Abraham.

      Cameron , Harper and Ms Pillai must have offered him full Eelaam if the TNA help the UNP get into power.

      And the Diaspora would issue a Fatwa if Sambandan takes the Veallals for a Srilankan identity.

      I am surprised you haven’t felt the pulse of the TNGTE and its International chapters, especially the British Chapter which now has barred the Srilankan President three times from your Turf..

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      Dr Nirmalan,

      “The inescapable fact in all this is that the welfare and happiness of any minority group is inextricably linked to the welfare and happiness of the Sri Lankan state and ALL it’s people”

      Absolutely agree with the above statement of yours. However, it appears that, your cry is directed at the Tamil people! What can the Tamils do? We are totally an insignificant minority in the context of governance; we have no way of influencing anything but allowing ourselves to be subjugated in every sense of the word. Is this what you are asking the Tamils to do? By allowing the Sinhala Buddhist Hegemony to succeed; enabling them to establish a Sinhala Buddhist state in all parts of the country with minorities being treated as a second class citizens; is this what you advocate implicitly?

      Please understand this; no matter how good a Tamil you are; the message is simple. Sri Lanka belongs to the Sinhala Buddhists, and the minorities are tolerated as long as they accept the Sinhala Buddhist superiority! This is the doctrine under which, the post independent Sinhala Buddhists governments operated. The Tamil rebellion in the form of LTTE in particular delayed the execution of this agenda for 30 years. Now that, this obstacle has been removed, there is no stopping. Only avenue available for the Tamils is the International Community, and you want this stopped; why?

      Working together with the Sinhala factions = a Sinhala Buddhist state
      A Sinhala Buddhist state = no minorities

      Now you understand as to what MR meant by there are no minorities in Sri Lanka! There is no way, Sri Lankans are capable of resolving their differences themselves. It has never happened, and it will never happen in the future. International Community, particularly India, must help Sri Lanka by imposing a viable solution by underwriting its durability. This is the only way forward.

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    Calm after the Storm?
    Do you call simply a “Storm” the “thirty years of civil war during which time tens of thousands of Tamils children, rebels, old men and women died, the livelihood of Tamils were destroyed and after the brutal final days of the war, during which alleged war crimes were committed which is now under investigation by the UN. “ Even the word tsunami does not describe the suffering the Tamils and the country went through.

    Diaspora Tamil visitors who go to Jaffna on a holiday are easily fooled by the deceptive calm. What they don’t see is the undercurrents.
    Is Jeyadevan another Ellalan Rajah paid to paint a false impression?

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    Rajafucksa has many henchmen. Some start work just before the presidential election. Await for more.

    Keep my honour Tamils. I died at the feet of Chingalam soldiers for you and Tamil Elam.

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    You can bring calm in different ways. The currently the calm is there by force. You don’t now see now military check points, you don’t see military personal parading in the streets but people are afraid to talk freely their opinion. There is no peace in your mind. People are afraid to sleep when an army person come in civilian and rape. You cannot raise your voice against corruption. you don’t call this as calm. it is just mouth shut.

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      Three days is not enough to judge. More than that he has not been to the interior villages of the Vanni where most of the affected people live. People in Jaffna has relatives abroad to help them. Please do not comment after going for a three day vacation. You have the money to buy the choicest fish. But do the people who live there afford to buy?

      If you are so enamored by the state of affairs, why don’t you think of settling there?

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    Jayadevan,

    I have a few questions–

    1. Do people feel they can freely testify at the UNHRC investigation into war crimes?

    2. What happened to people still displaced by the Valigamam HSZ?

    3. Are Devananda and his goons still armed and operating with the SL military? intelligence ?

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      Agnos,
      Stupid questions. Jayadevan did not visit Jaffna for surveillance purposes!

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    Sorry Jaydevan, zero marks for your essay, not because of poor english, but because you have not followed CT’s essay guidelines: undermining the government of sri lanka to the maximum possble extent and portraying them as the worst, corrupt, genocidal bunch of criminals on earth. Try again, do not give up, you have the potential to get the pass mark in your next essay.

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      Paul writes,” Sorry Jaydevan, zero marks for your essay, not because of poor english, …
      Do tell us Paul : What is wrong with his English? Do you think your “English” is perfect?

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        I strive to be brief but I become obscure.

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        david s,
        I am the first one to admit his english is perfect and my apologies for miscommunicating my real message. I was trying to use an school teachers’ analogy to highlight the main reason why Raj was receiving such poor reviews for his honest personal account of his impressions
        (evidenced also by the very high “thumbs down” count received by anyone who made a positive comment): that it did not align with the expectaions of the wider CT readership who would only like to hear how badly Jaffna is being run.

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          Loku Olu,

          Do what you are doing!!

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    Hey Jeyadevan…..arent there any tuk tuk drivers in Jaffana?

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    If Thamils continued from pre-history (indeed all of Sri Lanka) to live like on the the lagoon coast of Kovilakandy, we would be a permanently non-violent country.

    But most are not privileged to that fish at Kovilakandy, the paddy-fields, and fruit and vegetable groves of the rest of the Island. Rest of the population need the commercial sector to survive.

    In times of drought, rural paddy-field fellows in the North never had the infrastructure centers and do part-time work to ease out tensions till the drought was over. They went to the infrastrucured South at the time of drought, and that’s when all the violence commenced(for the place became a bit crowded). Previous to colonization and infrastructure building, farmers just hibernated through the drought period.

    Therefore, thank God for the the infrastructure undertakings for commercial purposes a la Gosl. However, I would suggest that Gosl creates a drought-time insurance policy for paddy-farmers (it is assumed that there is not much drought in the south).Hey! what happened to the Jafffna aquifer?

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    There are Vultures not only among the Sinhalese, but among the Tamils as well, who would compromise with the Corrupt Political Leadership for personal gain and recognition. Living free and living better should be with dignity and without being subservient to any, because living so is no legacy of the Corrupt or their sycophants.

    The second group is the spoilt brats surviving on the fund flow from their relatives in the Tamil Diaspora. Their only aspiration is the dream of moving out of the country to the greener pastures and they are not keen to develop their skills in any way and have become the biggest sore for the society.

    I wonder whether moving to greener pastures is the prerogative of the privileged only as in this case and not for these brats?

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    Many expatriate Thamils who go North on a flying visit are painting a rosy picture of life in Jaffna. One cannot pass judgement on North after spending a paltry 3 days. I wonder why he couldn’t stay at least for 7 days. One should not judge life in the North without visiting Vanni. This is the area devastated by war and where most of the displaced people live in huts paved with tin sheets. They are the wretched of the earth. There are 90,000 IDPs waiting resettlement at their own homes. In Valikaamam North there are about 29,000 IDPs waiting resettlement. They are currently in welfare centres, friends or relatives. Prime Minister David Cameron visited one these welfare centres during his visit to Jaffna in November last year. Their land has been grabbed by the army to build military camps, luxury hotels, restaurants, Buddhist viharas, swimming pools, sports stadium, health resorts etc. The army at Palaaly is engaged in vegetable and fruit cultivation on lands forcibly grabbed from the IDPs. For the oppressed Thamil people the most essential value is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity. The CT should not publish articles which touch only the surface of the problem faced by 1 million Thamils.

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      “One should not judge life in the North without visiting Vanni. This is the area devastated by war and where most of the displaced people live in huts paved with tin sheets. They are the wretched of the earth. There are 90,000 IDPs waiting resettlement at their own homes. In Valikaamam North there are about 29,000 IDPs waiting resettlement. They are currently in welfare centres, friends or relatives”.
      No disagreement here Thanga. Remember though this is all this is all the Sun-god’s doings and 30 years of utter distruction can not be undone in just a few years with Sri lanka’s poor economic status.

      “Their land has been grabbed by the army to build military camps, luxury hotels, restaurants, Buddhist viharas, swimming pools, sports stadium, health resorts etc. The army at Palaaly is engaged in vegetable and fruit cultivation on lands forcibly grabbed from the IDPs”.

      Correct me if I am wrong, but these are mostly unoccupied, undeveloped stretches of land, people being dispossessed only in a traditional sense. I would be happy in the thought foundation is being laid for economic activity. Army is not going to plant themselves for ever. Once the separatist agenda is eradicated in full, they will get back to barracks.

      “The CT should not publish articles which touch only the surface of the problem faced by 1 million Thamils.”

      Bravo Thanga. You should be awarded a trophy for your enlightening, heart warming thoughts. Would you like to nominate yourselves as a regular feature contributor to CT?

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    Will Jayadevan get into the Temple [Edited out]

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      Colombo Telegraph cannot deny Rajasingham Jayadevan was [Edited out]

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    Kovilakandy Lagoon as well as Kalpitiya Lagoon Crabs, Prawns and the sweet meaty delicay which Jayadewan is carrying on about will be out of bounds soon ,to even Diaspora on Holidays, if they wait too long.

    All decent size land with private titles along our South Coast are already in the hands of foreigners.who have formed shelf companies with BASL buddies in Colombo.

    And these Foreigners are not Chinese or Russian or even Japanese.

    They are all English, German, Norwegean and a few other Europeans. .

    Our rural villagers cant even walk on the beach crossing these private blocks which lead to the shore,

    There are no building s, But just Land Banks accumilated for future profits,

    100 Perch land bought in 2010. 2011 are now changing hand at 4 times the price , And it is USD 500.000 upwards,

    Only land on the beach our natives can access now are the Govt Land.

    As the Infrastructure comes up with road acess and a few tourist hotels,North and the East coast will also be snapped up by the same speculators.

    It is already happening in Kalpitiya.

    And the BASL soon move their buddies to Kovilkandy, with the Yal Devi reachimg KKS soon.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “100 Perch land bought in 2010. 2011 are now changing hand at 4 times the price , And it is USD 500.000 upwards,”

      Bought in 2010, come on these were grabbed from the local inhabitants.

      “Our rural villagers cant even walk on the beach crossing these private blocks which lead to the shore,”

      Praise the lord.

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        Dear Native,

        Who grabbed the Beach Blocks which belong to Vellalas in the South?.

        May be the BASL members did dodgy deals using Titles belonging to the absentee Land Lords who are now living with you in the Diaspora..

        Our Sinhala Buddhists in the South can’t even read the Titles , let alone setting up Shelf Companies with your moneyed Buddies in the West..

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          K.A Sumanasekera

          Please clarify:

          Are the Vellalas taking over the entire island?

          Out of these total Vellalas, how many of them belong to Sinhala/Buddhist and how many would you say belong to Tamil/Saivaite?

          By the way, you should have taken some Vitamin D supplement years ago. Its not too late.

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            Dear Native,

            Economically yes..Just check the average income and the average net worth of the Vellalas…

            And compare that with the non Vellalas both yours and mine.

            And please don’t forget to include our Up Country brethren…

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              K.A Sumanasekera

              “Economically yes..Just check the average income and the average net worth of the Vellalas… And compare that with the non Vellalas both yours and mine.”

              Let me see the comparative studies on this matter.

              “And please don’t forget to include our Up Country brethren…”

              Can I remind you that we don’t have caste/class difference among my people.

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                Dear Native,

                I know,, I heard that even the non Vellalas with a bit of money now act as Vellalas in the Diaspora.

                Which is excellent. Diaspora Dollars have changed the caste based discrimination which has existed since Gautam Buddha’s time and still exists in Buddha’s Land.

                However Non Vellalas marrying Vellalas is stricly taboo still ,according to my Elders.

                There are some things even money can’t change among our Srilankans and Indians.unlike our Western mates…

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                  K.A Sumanasekera

                  “However Non Vellalas marrying Vellalas is stricly taboo still ,according to my Elders.”

                  Your Elders are most stupid illiterate people in this island.

                  Here I list a few matrimonial adverts placed by Govi Buddhists seeking hands of Govi grooms, read, think about it and then comment on what the Sinhala/Buddhists Vellala have been practising when hunting for grooms. It is true with parents looking for brides. The Matrimonial sections of English and Sinhala news papers are awash with such adverts.

                  Here is a few adverts:

                  Academically and professionally qualified daughter is sought by respectable Govi / Buddhist parents living in Colombo for their son who is holding a BBM (1st class) and MBA presently employed at a prestigious company in Sri Lanka. He has a house, brand new car and other assets. He is 30 years, six feet tall Thula-Lagna, Kuja/Shani in First House. An old Royalist, smart, energetic and tan in complexion. Reply with family details and horoscope by post or email (proposals.XXX@XXXX.com).

                  Academically and professionally qualified GB parents from Colombo suburb seek pretty, fair, slim professionally qualified daughter preferably a doctor / engineer for their 29 years, 5’6” TT NS handsome son. He is an Electronic and Telecommunication Engineer currently reading for his PhD in a prestigious university in Europe and hoping to finish next year. He inherits substantial assets. Please reply with horoscope and family details. EmailXXXXX

                  Academically and professionally qualified slim, fair, pretty daughter is sought by BG established parents for their son, 27, 5’11” doing graduate studies in the USA. Partner should be from an educated family and fluent in English. Reply with horoscope and family details to

                  Academically professionally qualified fair pretty well mannered daughter below 32 yrs is sought by B/G father for only son 34 yrs 5’7”, NS/TT Engineer working for leading ICT company. Reply with family details, Tel. No. and horoscope. Email

                  Academically qualified pretty fair daughter preferably Doctor is sought by B/G mother from Negombo for her fair smart TT/NS son 33 years height 5’11” holding B.Eng. Electronics (Hons. from Moratuwa University) and presently working in Australia. Reply with family details and horoscope to

                  Academically / Professionally qualified pretty daughter from a respectable Govi, Buddhist educated family is sought by Govi Buddhist professional parents for their son 29 years, 5’5” with pleasant features, TT, NS, Software Engineer with BSc., MSc. in IT. Inherits substantial assets. Full particulars with horoscope in the first letter please

                  http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2014/08/17/c_grooms.asp

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                    Dear Native.

                    Sinhala Buddhists nowadays don’t worry about the caste in seeking brides for their sons or grooms for their daughters.

                    None of the ads here specify a caste for the bride.

                    All they want is the girl to be prefessionally qualified, well mannered , slim , attractive, and last but not least fair complexion.

                    And first preference is a Medical Degree.

                    Fair Enough.

                    If our non Vellala girls haven’t found a handsome dude while going through their studies to become this high achiever class, they have a chance to join our Sinhala Govi Vellalas through marriage..

                    With our 1000 Mahindabodi Vidyalaya coming up , more non Vellala girls will get the chance to get a uni degree.

                    Even if they don’t join the Sinhala Vellala class through marriage, they still can break away from the poverty cycle.

                    BTW , I wouldn’t be surprised if some of your Diaspora mates send in applications to you to forward to Observer classifieds.

                    After all your Vellala CM has set a precedent and it looks cool.

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                      Sumana,

                      “Sinhala Buddhists nowadays don’t worry about the caste in seeking brides for their sons or grooms for their daughters.”

                      Wow! What a statement when one sees numerous adverts on national dailies families seeking brides and bridegrooms within their castes i.e. Govigama etc. It is not the Tamils who place such adverts, it is the Sinhala, the so called owners of Sri Lanka!

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          Oh god this is so true….whist many of the diaspora are hard working diaspora and live moderate lifestyles according to their ability and pay their taxes to e.g. the GoUS, it is a sad and sorry situation to see a few that have indulged in these land deals (and also other extortionist deals)to procure much wealth.

          And these people are to be spotted very easily, as not only living high-level lifestyles, but also knowing how to safeguard themselves by turning the tables on a poor average American-Lankan who is genuinely unhappy with the way things are going on in Sri Lanka, and knowing the struggles of the average Lankan at home. and so has the need to speak of such things.

          They would make sure they dig into skeletons in closets of their intended victims (any skeleton), and bring up things of little bearing to the land deals and other extortionist deals they have indulged in. They thus triumphantly hold it over the other as a Damocles sword.

          But we will not be intimidated. We will speak the truth however they might try to shame us. We will speak the truth about our land, however unpopular we might be.Because for us, we truly care about Sri Lanka and the people therein.

          It is the cultural aspect of Sri Lanka that needs to be uplifted, which is sorely crass and vulgar, when I compare it to cultures of e.g.the S.E Asias.

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            I mean:…..and bring up things of little bearing, compared to the land deals and other extortionist deals the bullies have indulged in…..

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      Sumanasekera is trying to place red herrings down the way to distract the rackets and sins of his patrons – the Rajapakse family. Most valuable land adjoining rich prawn and crab catchment areas, till now belonging to Tamil civilians, have been stolen from them dubiously. They are now in the hands of Sinhalese and/or foreign proxies of local army and other VIPs. All these bogus land deals will be exposed in due time – soon. BASL lawyers, Sumane accuses by innuendo, do not come into the picture at all.

      Backlash

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    Jayadevan appears not to have visited his brother Narendran,[Edited out]

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    Please understand that these guys from europe are cultured and appreciate the aesthetic values and come from a civilized and enlightened society. The KAS’s and natives of the same ilk as KAS have just come down from the trees and will have to be content with the crumbs the enlightened suddhas give them. In the first place why are these ignorant and greedy natives selling the land to foreigners if they are so patriotic? The old saying pearls before swine is very appropriate here, especially when you see the jokers from the south governing this country- in the old days you refer to them as yakkos!!!

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    I thought I made it clear that in Valikaamam North there are about 29,000 IDPs waiting resettlement. They were evicted from their traditional villages on 15 June 1990 when Sri Lanka Army (SLA) launched an offensive code named Operation Jayashakti to expand the Palaaly camp.The IDPs continue to languish in refugee camps and other places for the last 24 years. They are currently living in welfare centres, friends or relatives. Prime Minister David Cameron visited one of these welfare centres during his visit to Jaffna in November, last year.
    Altogether 75,030 persons of 18,632 families were forcibly evicted by the SLA which converted their traditional villages into HSZs. Of these 62,925 persons of 12,585 families continue to languish in 77 refugee camps in Jaffna peninsula since June 1990 while the rest are with their relatives and other places.
    Before the eviction by SLA there were 91,394 persons of 21,907 families living in 45 Village Officers area in Valikaamam North and covered an area of about 1,000 acres. The army is still in occupation of 682 acres of prime land. The occupied land has been used by the army to build military camps, luxury hotels, restaurants, Buddhist viharas, swimming pools, sports stadium, health resorts etc. The army is also engaged in vegetable and fruit cultivation on lands forcibly grabbed from the IDPs. Some IDPs, including Mavai Senathirajah, MP went to courts to reclaim their land and houses. The Supreme Court gave an order that the petitioners must be allowed to reoccupy their homes, but the government has refused to implement the SC order.
    What this means is the Sri Lankan government is walking away from national reconciliation and peace.

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    Jeyadevan:

    You seem to think that building roads and Toilets will erase the memory of Nathikadal. No doubt you have been rewarded handsomely to write this and kept well away from the areas of Colonisation which are no go areas for Tamils like yourself. Who are you trying to fool, only yourself [Edited out].

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      PFG,
      Why do you want to keep the memory of Nathikadal?
      I feel Jeydavan is a smarter guy than you if he got handsomely rewarded for this write up.

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        Nuisance

        “Why do you want to keep the memory of Nathikadal?”

        So that we don’t forget Kelani River.

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          Vedda,
          You can keep any memory any way you want. Why only Kelani keep Mahaweli too!

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            How slime flies!.!

            When a girl weeps,

            girl is setting traps with her tears.!

            voice of the people is the voice!.!

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        Eusense:

        The Jews remember Auschwitz every year even after 70 years and why should Tamils forget the holocaust at Nanthikadal. No Jew will sell their lot for money unlike Jeyadevan who will sell his race for money because of the way I punished him. After all he is an Eddapan.

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          PFG,
          Pardon me for saying, you seem to be a low IQ.
          Jews did not suicide murder Nazi Germans. Parayabakaran suicide slaughtered over 75,000 Sri Lankans! Don’t even compare Jews to LTTE terrorist murderers.
          Jeydavan is not selling his his race he is telling his side of the story. People like you are bringing disrepute to your race by supporting terrorists.

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    Rajasingham Jayadevan,

    Please respond to the comments within THREE days.
    Thanks.

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      it seems he is under a gag order by his paymasters to stay tight lipped

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    I am sure that High Commissioner Chris Nonis has [Edited out] Mr Jayadevan.
    That is the diplomacy practised by Nonis. He has [Edited out] a number of UK parliamentarians including the Commonwealth Secretary General Sharma and that talk only Mohan Kaul of the Commonwealth Business Council.

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    He failed miserably in reading correctly the pulse of the Tamil people.

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    Garment factory workers salaries must be compared with those in the South, not with a different category of people. I agree that the rates are low, but that is Capitalism at work. The factories will gravitate to where the labour is cheap. The South may suffer a consequence.

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      Tamils, including the author of this article consider any situation in the country as offensive or against their race. Soon the whole world will realize this fact. They have no idea how markets drive economies!

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        Eusense:

        I agree with you killing is a Market place and that is why Muslims are killing Muslims. The World is full of Halal meat under IS and that is why even the American and British have gone back to Iraq to buy cheap meat.

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    Rajasingham,
    Next time you should travel to the deep south. And let the readers know how many “groups” of people live there.
    There is no differences in the sufferings and day to day difficulties among all Sri Lankans. If you are hard working, educated, a politician or know the right politicians you will be well off. It has nothing exclusive to the Tamils. You may already know that many Tamils of Sri Lanka are doing/did much better than most Sinhalese, including Vignasveran, Devanandan and many businessmen in Colombo.
    Regarding your relative who needed help to complete the forms exclusively in Sinhala language; What was she doing all her life? She lived in a country where 85% of the people spoke and wrote Sinhalese. Didn’t she consider learning Sinhalese would help her? By the way did you refuse to learn the language of the country where you live now?

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      Nusense

      “Regarding your relative who needed help to complete the forms exclusively in Sinhala language; What was she doing all her life? She lived in a country where 85% of the people spoke and wrote Sinhalese.”

      Now we know how LTTE came into existence, because we have 85% of the population is stupid.

      Give us one good reason as to why rest of the 15% should read and write Sinhala?

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        Vedda,
        You seem to be intellectually challenged. Just relax and think. If you migrate to any country would you stick to Tamil and not learn their language? What will happen to you if you stick to your Tamil only principal?
        I am not forcing anybody to learn Sinhalese. Entrepreneurial Tamils will learn Sinhalese, be progressive and better their lives. This is what Tamils in the south have done.
        If I was a Tamil from Jaffna I would learn Sinhalese to improve my life and income as a professional and even may move to the south to further enhance my income. After all, sticking to your language will not bring food on to your table. Also, remember you only live once.
        In your case I can bet that you will stay put in Jaffna, not learn Sinhalese and keep complaining and blaming everybody else other than your self!

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      eusense,

      Blatant reckless arrogance precipitated by manufactured history chief among them is the infamous Mahavamsa feeding your egotism. You claim Sri Lanka for yourself and jettisoning as aspects of other that came about as a direct result of colonial interferences. Your chronic insecurity is evident in everything that you do to suppress the other. Your so-called language policy was one of them promoting the Sinhala as the state language without any due consideration for the Tamil language.

      You cannot thrust a language down others’ throat; people should be willingly want to learn a language; you failed to create such a condition owing to your reckless arrogance! Get this in your head, in Sri Lanka historically peoples spoke two languages: Sinhala and Tamil, and you cannot by force wipeout one language over the other!

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        BI
        Calm down, take it easy!
        There is no reckless arrogance or egotism in my writing here. It is common sense and a 10 year old will understand that the more languages you know the better you progress.
        Leave race aside and think how you can improve your life. Or else you are free to stick to your language and keep suicide murdering others and complaining about everything other than your self. Remember, Tamil language is not going to bring food to your table.

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          Eusense,

          You are not just ignorant but sound condescending too! Common Sense should have prevailed when the Sinhala decided to thrust their language onto others! The Tamils did well under the circumstances, and that was why the Sinhala got jealous and attacked them mercilessly in 1983! The studies of human behaviour indicate that, no one can force a people to do something; this is exactly what the Sinhala tried to do with the Tamils. It is totally undemocratic and reckless. People feel that their dignity and pride are more important than bread on the table as the events have proved in Sri Lanka and other places.

          So, please keep your arrogance to yourself!

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            BI,
            Which part of my post you don’t understand? I have no interest in thrusting anything in anybody’s throat. If you like to better your self you learn more languages. This even make more sense when you are living in a country where 85% speak and write Sinhalese. If you are too proud to learn other languages (other than Tamil) it is your prerogative.
            You say ” the Sinhala got jealous and attacked them mercilessly in 1983!” The truth is the Sinhalese mobs attacked Tamils in 1983 because the Tamil terrorist killed 13 Sinhalese soldiers.

            Where do you live? If in Sri Lanka would you advice your offspring to learn Sinhalese? If in a English speaking country did you learn English? Why do you think learning Sinhalese is degrading to Tamil dignity but learning English is not?

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        it is no egotism: in japan they use japanese; german in germany and english in australia despite there being a very multi-cultural society. Thus it is commonsense for the minorities to learn the main language of the country.

        No doubt it is a stupidity to deliberately undermine the use of a rich, vibrant and historicc language like Tamil in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka should have adopted 2 language policy since Independence and provided compulsary 2nd language to all primary school kids. This is not too hard since we only have to learn these two languages – unlike in, say India and some African countries.
        And it is not too late to adopt this even from now on…

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          paul

          “it is no egotism: in japan they use japanese; german in germany and english in australia despite there being a very multi-cultural society.”

          Therefore they should be using Veddah language in Veddah land.

          If you think ahead of your time, you would make three languages compulsory, third one could be any language chosen from, English, Hindi, Arabic, Spanish, …………… Chinese, ….

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          Paul,
          Not only Tamil, every language is rich, vibrant and historic to those who use them. I don’t think anyone is deliberately undermining Tamil in Sri Lanka. Look at the US, there are so many races who speak different languages. For example there is a large population of Greek origin. Greek is a more rich, vibrant and a historic language that has contributed immensely to education and science. Has the US made Greek an official language? English is the only official language in the US.
          You need to get rid of this compulsory language learning scenario. Every citizen should be given the option to learn any language/s they want. I would rather see English as the official language of Sri Lanka. While at it, I do not support having official religions either. My feeling is these are entities that take countries backwards.

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            “I don’t think anyone is deliberately undermining Tamil in Sri Lanka.”

            Wow! The Tamils must be damn stupid people to rebel for nothing! Eusene must have been in deep sleep, and just woken up! Simplicity with which he views the complex issues is astounding.

            I do not think anyone with any sense would argue against peoples learning different languages. This is not the issue; the issue is the deliberate policy of undermining a people with democracy as cover! This has been afoot since independence incessantly under all political spectrums. The rights of the Tamils within North and East in particular have been violated and vandalised with undemocratic methods. Under these conditions, no one can expect the Tamils to willingly want learn the Sinhala language! If this person cannot comprehend this, then there is no chance he understands anything!

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              BI,
              “The rights of the Tamils within North and East in particular have been violated and vandalised with undemocratic methods.”

              What are these rights you are talking about? and what rights do the Sinhalese have but not the Tamils. Please list them side by side.

              While you are at it also describe specifics of “the deliberate policy of undermining a people with democracy as cover”.

              “Under these conditions, no one can expect the Tamils to willingly want learn the Sinhala language!”
              Why? please explain.
              What has learning a language has to do with political “conditions”?

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                euse,

                I know you play ignorant! This is your insidious way to promote and justify Sinhala Buddhist hegemony. I am not going to waste my time trying to wake up someone who is pretending asleep!

                You either need to grow up and be sincere or stop wasting time on these forums with writing nonsense.

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    So you are a traveler now. “Temple travels” When is the Rajapakse pooja Jaya Jaya Deva.

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      “Temple travels” When is the Rajapakse pooja Jaya Jaya Deva.”

      jaya, geeta, gayala,

      Tomorrow we believe-

      Learn or leave!

      Blood from a stone.!
      idol..

      angel O:-)

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