17 November, 2018

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Jayalalithaa’s Incredible Tenacity

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Today 24, February is Jayalalithaa‘s 66th birthday and she is sitting pretty. Incredible woman that she is, she has just now said she will “counter in court” the action, by the Congress dominated Centre, to move the Indian Supreme Court for a restraining order, questioning the legality of her decision to release the 7 imprisoned for Rajiv‘s killing. As a result the decision to release has been held in abeyance; the Centre also disputing the powers of the Tamil Nadu State and her authority.

No doubt the lady is not for turning.

Win or lose in court on the release of the 7, Jayalalithaa has endeared herself to most Tamils all over the world by her decision.  The Hindustan opinion poll shows more than 81% approval for her decision. As always her incredible tenacity comes through in her every action and is to be admired. When better to acknowledge this fact than on her Birthday!

It’s Jayalalithaa’s same incredible tenacity on all Eelam issues that needs also to be acknowledged;  it is hoped this same tenacity shown by her for Eelam, gets rubbed on to other leaders as well.

And that is what the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) wants when it has “urged all political parties to include Sri Lankan Tamil issues in their election manifesto.”

In the matter of consistency, I have to disagree with Congress bigwig and Union Minister, Anand Sharma’ s allegations that Jaya has “changed her stand on the LTTE,” because of her decision to release the 7. It was a futile attempt to discredit her. Sharma has got it wrong; as someone studying her moves for a while, her position on what she perceived as LTTE violence has never changed; she had natural reservations, never wanting to support violence; always condemning Rajiv’s killing allegedly linked to the LTTE. Yet she listened and that is an asset for a politician, she did not want to identify with the LTTE but was sensitive to the plight of Eelam Tamils and over time realized that Tamil Eelam was justified and Eelam Tamils had to be liberated from a far greater threat, that of Sri Lankan state violence, oppression and persecution.

“Jaya acts fast to stamp her authority  in bold move to release 7 convicts in Rajiv’s case…” was my tweet as news came of the impending release of the 7 who many say are not the real killers. Let alone they got it wrong on the killers in my view, it is time India freed the prisoners, for the death sentences of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan have been commuted to life. For that decision alone, the three along with Nalini and others should be freed, having been incarcerated for more than 23 years; simply on the grounds of ‘time served’.

Let’s just check her record on Eelam Tamil issues; since taking office as Chief Minister she has been consistently calling for an international investigation into war crimes during the last stages of the war and prosecution of those responsible. She has been loud and clear about imposing economic sanctions against Sri Lanka until and unless such an investigation takes place and all war criminals are prosecuted.

In pursuing her course she has exerted pressure on the UPA government to take “a firm stand” on resolutions against Sri Lanka each time the issue has come up at the UNHRC. Typically, at the 22nd session, condemning Sri Lanka’s continued “impunity” she demanded that Sri Lanka be called “to account”; debunking the LLRC report as a “flawed report” she asked that “India play a crucial role” and suggested important recommendations, calling India to make its own independent amendments to the draft, expressing concern against any dilutions to weaken such resolutions. For example she wrote to Manmohan Singh, reviewing the draft, that “in operative para 1. there should be an unequivocal call for a credible, independent, international mechanism to prosecute genocide, war crimes and war criminals and the accused should stand trial before an International Court.” Read Tamil Guardian link under reference for the full text of her letter to Manmohan Singh .

She has not merely paid lip service but where ever possible she has not failed to put her money where her mouth is; this she did when she banned Sri Lankan Cricketers from playing in TN , said no to IPL matches being played in TN where SL cricketers are featured – all this considering Tamil Nadu is a cricket crazy country and cricket brings big money.

And in that vein she has always maintained the dreadful Sri Lankan Army must not be trained in India and not definitely on her turf.

In keeping with her principled stance she has voiced her concern for Eelam Tamils and in defence of bestowing, “equal rights to them at par with the Sinhalese community,” she has not retreated on Eelam, passing yet another resolution in the TN legislative assembly calling for a Referendum on Tamil Eelam and been very particular to mention that the Eelam Tamil diaspora should be eligible to vote. She has never flinched but in contrast, the Indian UPA government still has to show in action that it means business when it calls for the implementation of the 13th amendment and beyond and actually spells out what it really means by that to the Sri Lankan government and to the world.

This call for a referendum is in line with her promise to the people in the 2009 TN state legislative assembly elections that if a government is formed in the centre that heeded her she, “would send the army to create Eelam…like Indra Gandhi did in Bangladesh.”

Just think of the lady’s tenacity. As the Lok Sabah elections are drawing near, a third coalition is in its formative stage with Jayalalithaa expected to become the prime ministerial candidate. Although a number of other aspirants are also vying for it, she is leading by far.

It seems Narendra Modi is surreptitiously wooing Jayalalithaa, he would need her alliance surely which I would promote, except as things are Jaya’s prime ministerial ambitions could stand in the way. I have this gut feeling BJP need her, when I can see on twitter that many in the BJP including Modi are rushing to greet her for her birthday.

None of the center parties have spoken on issues relating to Eelam in their campaigns yet, not even Modi while visiting Chennai except expressing concern for the TN and Gujarati Fishermen who have been let down by the UPA govt which he says has been weak and failed to earn the respect of India’s neighbours – the TN BJP head could have briefed him – but they opted to be silent on the subject. Although to woo the TN voters Modi began his speech with “Tamilukku Amuthendru Peyar” and “Tamil Manne Vanakkam”. I believe Subramaniyam Swamy could prove a liability for BJP in TN with his anti Jaya, anti Eelam Tamil rhetoric unless they ask him to shut up. Vaikkho is at present aligning himself with BJP but stayed away from the BJP Chennai public meeting, he is still negotiating for a fair allocation of seats but how many can he win?

It is true that Karunanidhi hailed Jaya for her decision on the release of the 7 at first because he could not do otherwise but is now backtracking. Talking about the K clan, the Karunanidhi brothers are having a bitter family feud over who would prevail and capture the DMK leadership after the old man is gone – the father has anointed Stalin over Alagiri  the older son. According to Jaya the father had written to Manmohan Singh asking for special security for Stalin as he is vulnerable to threats to his life from various quarters including the LTTE. Jaya making a big issue of this, exposes Karunanidhi for his hypocrisy when such a threat in her words does not exist with the LTTE long gone. Jaya loves to ridicule Mr. Karunanidhi  for staging a bogus fast and breaking it when the Tamil Holocaust happened right before his eyes while being part of the Congress led UPA govt. The political parties are haggling and rushing to form alliances. Some are mum about their plans. The DMK is not talking yet as far as I know. With the 2g case hanging over his family members, Karunanidhi is forced into a corner and will tread softly and won’t reveal his moves although tied somewhat to the present UPA government in that sense.

Yet Jayalalithaa vows to win all 40 Lok Sabha seats promising a couple of seats to the left parties.

An AIADMK minister speaking to IndiaToday on Jaya’s announcement seems to sum it all up as he elaborates on Jaya’s  enviable situation : “While the DMK is finding it difficult to rope in the DMDK of Vijayakanth and the Congress virtually left in the lurch with no alliance partners and the BJP finding it equally difficult to convince Vijayakanth and find amicable solution for seat sharing with both the PMK and the MDMK, Amma’s announcement shows not only her confidence but also her absolute grip on the state’s politics”, a senior AIADMK minister told IndiaToday.”

So the Lady is as strong as ever, poised for victory come April, on a slogan of “Peace, Progress and Prosperity,” having unveiled her 2nd major initiative” as a part of her over all vision for TN “to give fillip to industrial growth by attracting  investments” and making TN an Industrial hub and a super state!

Yes it is her incredible tenacity, that does not come out short, even on issues relating to Eelam, that should surely spread and set an example among other leaders which I am hoping would win us Eelam in the not so distant future!

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  • 1
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    Just a test

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      Test!

      The Tamils you mention are like G L Peiris low class non Brahmin!
      Brahmin rule Delhi!! G L is not respected by the Cambridge Club of india or Canada that made Him and Oxbridge sink at the CHOGM. Cameron’s verbal virtuosity is beyond the best of Lanka’s dream.

  • 1
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    mahinda.

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      Mahinda fan club!
      not Sinhala Buddhist Sri Lanka fan club?

      let loot the country for Mahinda fan club

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    Jayalalitha is diplomatic. Her stand on the Sri Lankan Tamils remain unmoved.

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      Citizen:-
      Jayalalitha is S-o-o-ooo Diplomatic, and Devious.

      She is aiming at acquiring Sri Lanka for Tamil Nadu through the creation of an Eelam State.

      She believes Eelam will then join with Tamil Nadu to help her secede from Mother India!

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        Rationalist: You are being irrational Sri Lanka is already an Indian Colony and if you want to know I will explain why.

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          kalibanistani

          “Sri Lanka is already an Indian Colony and if you want to know I will explain why.”

          Why?

          This island is soon going to be the Sinhala state of India.

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            Foreign:

            Sinhala Lanka is already an Indian State whether you like it or not. Sinhala Lanka is like a Dog on a Chain. The master will let you relieve yourself against a Lamp Post ( Chinese Lamp Post) but will pull back violently if you try any hanky panky. The Corrupt Indian Politicians know MRs vulnerability and that is why they want to milk as much as possible with a get rich quick attitude. India can pull the plug any time it wants and this is a luxury they have and when we have a change at the Top Sri Lanka will be in Indias Grip. The only army that can enter Sri Lanka is the Indian army and that has already happened and I know the Sinhalese like to say that it was by invitation but the sad truth was JR was ordered to invite to save face.
            For your information before a Foreign Naval Ship docks in Colombo Harbour they have to clear it with India which you may find unpalatable but that is the reality.

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            Native Vedda,
            If Sri Lanka is divided into two States viz, Eelam and Sinhala Sri Lanka and accommodated within India, there won’t be any problem. Even the Kachchativu problem as well as the infiltration of China will be automatically solved. Ha ha ha.

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        “She believes Eelam will then join with Tamil Nadu to help her secede from Mother India!”

        As kali says your immagination has run riot.

        Andaman and Nicobar Islands belong to Tamil Nadu and its administered by TN an Indian visa alone is not sufficient to visit them but a special short term visa is issued.

        So for example if India decides to take back the whole nation which was governed by Chennai until Churchill the none peace time PM handed on a feathered Cameron may consider.

        Its good in a way- your passport has no value at present and your diplomats are mere mercenaries- can get rid of both with one stroke.

        Over to kali no division please but the whole place then the fun because partition is costly war.

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    The ruling AIADMK party in Tamil Nadu led by J Jayalalithaa has, in its election manifesto for the 2014 elections, promised to move the UN for holding a Referendum amongst Tamils in Sri Lanka and displaced ones across the world for formation of a separate Eelam (homeland) State.

    The AIADMK, which wants to see the four-time Tamil Nadu Chief Minister as the country’s next Prime Minister, released its election manifesto a day after party candidates for all 39 Lok Sabha Seats in Tamil Nadu besides the lone Puducherry constituency were announced by Jayalalithaa, Indian media reports said.

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    I have a message for all the Sinhalese Racists the likes of Fat” Mama ” Fuk U Shima , Outrider , Sumanasekara and Shankar the Muslim:

    From the comments above to the Article it is obvious Panic and Desperation has set in which is understandable. Accept the following with Grace.

    1) Sri Lanka is an Indian Colony which is a fact and that is why Peiris went to Invite the Master personnaly for the CHOGM a priviledge afforded to the master and no one else not even the Queen.
    2) BJP will win the most number of seats and wont have overall Majority and need the support of Puratchi Thalaivi.
    3) The two are life long friends and have agreed to swich Premiership and that is why BJP have agreed not to contest any seats in Tamil Nadu.
    4) She is no slouch and just like Modi she has proved that she knows how to run the Economy.
    5) Taking over an Econmy with a Balance of Trade deficit she has turned it into surplus and that is what India needs.
    6) Despite a lot of attempt to stick dirt on her she is not corrupt same as Modi.
    7) India has a Choice. A strong Man and a Woman with clean pair of hands or a Corrupt Congress.

    SHE will definitely be a Prime Minister and I saw evidence of this when I was in Tamil Nadu a year ago.

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    I Feel to resolve this SL problem Tamil Nadu must come as combination of Thiravidia languages including both Tamil and Sinhala spoken in SL and get more of the Tamil Nadu to learn in south Indian state universities and make Oxbridge Brahmis to dress in the national dress also first move them(Sinhalese) in to India to teach you Sinhala in your universities

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    Uma Shankar Skandarajah’s eulogy to Jayalalitha is unusual and is indicative of desperation. Why does Tamil Nadu have a role in Sri Lanka? Is there lack of confidence in the UN,USA,Canada, and U.K.?Once again this is playing in to the hands of Mahinda Rajapaksa. As long as the potential exists for Sri Lanka’s destiny to be influenced by Tamil Nadu, any threat or action will be resisted. The reality is that short of invasion, with it’s devastating consequences, India and Tamil Nadu will have only a limited role to play. When you look at it impartially, it is not only the Rajapaksa government that is to blame for the failure in effecting ethnic reconciliation. There are obstacles from others such as TGTE and Jayalalitha too. Hatred is such an evil thing.

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    Usha Shankar Skandarajah’s eulogy to Jayalalitha is unusual and is indicative of desperation. Why does Tamil Nadu have a role in Sri Lanka? Is there lack of confidence in the UN,USA,Canada, and U.K.?Once again this is playing in to the hands of Mahinda Rajapaksa. As long as the potential exists for Sri Lanka’s destiny to be influenced by Tamil Nadu, any threat or action will be resisted. The reality is that short of invasion, with it’s devastating consequences, India and Tamil Nadu will have only a limited role to play. When you look at it impartially, it is not only the Rajapaksa government that is to blame for the failure in effecting ethnic reconciliation. There are obstacles from others such as TGTE and Jayalalitha too. Hatred is such an evil thing.

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    WOW Some one rightly made the connection to the catch phrase in my article “The lady is not for turning” and sent me this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ-M0KEFm9I Inspiring!

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      TGTE = THANK GOD TIGERS ELIMINATED

      You jokers must be thankful to Mahinda for eliminating the Tigers and the raving maniacal murderer Prabakaran from Sri Lanka so you and other TGTE gonas can put up this comedy show and pretend to be important people and continue to mislead the whites and live on their generosity. Tell me honestly, if Prabakaran is alive would he allow you to play this stupid kid game called TGTE? He would have packed you off as traitors. Grow up you scumbags.

      TGTE = THANK GOD TIGERS ELIMINATED

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      Usha:

      I have a great deal of admiration & respect for you, but I cannot understand how you could associate yourself with the LTTE crooks.

      I think your knowledge, energy and communication skills can be used to help over 50,000 widows in the Tamil Homeland. Maybe, you can persuade madam Jayalalithaa to assist these very unfortunate women.

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    [Edited out]
    Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    CORRUPTED to the CORE Indian JUDGE deliberately COOKED up MATHS to release Jayalalitha??http://

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    Well, Ms Usha must become AIADMK member by praising AMMA like a GOD by willingly forgetting Ms.Jayalalitha INHUMANE quote during GENOCIDE of EELAM Tamils in 2009. She INHUMANELY said that ” during a war, people die that is the norm “. This is enough to see her INHUMAN mind set about Tamils.
    First of she is not a Tamil like other Dravida party leaders who never ever want the Tamils to have a separate state or UNITE. Imagine IF EELAM separated, the Tamilnadu Tamils would be coming to Eelam regularly and change the Tamilnadu Tamils to unite. This would have FINISHED the 50 year old NON -TAMIL lead parties like DMK, AIADMK and all Dravida parties. This is the reason DMK, AIADMK, MDMK, DMDK, etc all NON Tamil parties did not assemble several 1000 of their party volunteers against INDO -SRILANKAN Genocide to stop the Genocide but the same parties always assemble several 1000 even million people for their party conferences.
    Jayalalitha as an Indian typical corrupted politician did act against the Srilanka NOT BECAUSE SHE WANTED to do so but because of Tamilnadu Tamils’ long fight, Naam Thamilar Party emergence, Tamil students’ successful demonstrations, etc, etc, but Ms Usha almost GULLIBLE to praise the Amma for these.

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