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Killing Balachandran And Saving Uvindu

Wijeweera family Vs. Prabakaran family

By Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

Uvindu Kurukulasuriya

“There are theories and there are facts. Theories vary… The facts however cannot be denied. Thousands of Tamils, old and young, and even little children, were assaulted, robbed, killed, bereaved, and made refugees. They saw their homes, possessions, vehicles, shops and factories plundered, burnt or destroyed. These people were humiliated, made to live in fear and rendered helpless…” A Cry From the Heart… What happened at the end of July 1983? (From Bishop Lakshman Wickremesinghe’s Final Pastoral Letter).

Channel 4’s “Killing Fields” director Callum Macrae wrote last week; A 12-year-old boy lies on the ground. He is stripped to the waist and has five neat bullet holes in his chest. His name is Balachandran Prabakaran and he is the son of the LTTE leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

He has been shot dead. Beside him lie the bodies of five men, believed to be his bodyguards. There are strips of cloth on the ground perhaps indicating that they were tied and blindfolded before they were shot – further evidence suggesting that the Sri Lankan government forces had a systematic policy of executing many surrendering or captured LTTE fighters and leading figures, even if they were children. The problem for the Sri Lankan government is that this murder is not isolated. If it was, they could perhaps dismiss it as the act of rogue soldiers.

The Wijeweera family

One cannot help but think that had Balachandran not been Prabhakaran’s son, there is a possibility of him being still alive. One anonymous commentator wrote last Wednesday in the Daily Mirror, “True enough; a death of a child in an armed combat is synonymous with tragedy. However, the unnecessary emphasis the video lays on Balachandran would give one the wrong impression that he was the only child casualty in the thirty-year-old war, when in reality, there was an endless line of children who ceased to be identified with their names and instead became numbers in war reports and casualty lists”.

Killing Prabhakaran’s son is that a simple issue? Of course there were lots of children who were victimised as the result of the bloody war, but I must say killing Balachandran is not that simple. Apart from a war crime allegation, it is an extraordinary example of the structural violence in Sri Lankan society. As conflict resolution experts say, for more than 50 years diplomats, negotiators and social scientists have studied conflict and developed a sophisticated understanding of it. Let me begin by explaining the theoretical background of a conflict.

Not all conflict is violent. Conflict is normal when there is change. Some people want change, but others disagree. If their disagreement or their conflict is managed peacefully, it can be a positive process. But when conflict is not managed properly, it becomes violent. In violent conflict, people fear for their safety and survival. When we say conflict, we are usually referring to violent conflict (Ross Howard).

Violent physical conflict is easily identified and can be commented on by most. Individuals or groups in conflict try to hurt or kill each other and there will be victims. But there can be other kinds of violence which do greater harm to a society and these are more difficult for people to analyse and explain. There can be hidden violence. This includes; cultural violence and structural violence.

The prabhakaran family

Cultural violence can be the way a group considers another group over a period of years. It can include talk, images or beliefs which glorify physical violence. These include; hate speech, xenophobia, myths and legends of war heroes, religious justification for war and gender discrimination.

Structural violence is harm which is built into the laws and traditional behaviour of a group or society. Harm is permitted or ignored. It can include; institutionalized racism or sexism – laws and practices which allow unequal treatment based on race or sex, colonialism, extreme exploitation, poverty, corruption and nepotism and structural segregation. These kinds of violence are extremely important and need to be identified. Often they are the real cause of direct physical violence. Ending physical violence will not be enough. It will occur again if  cultural and structural violence are ignored. After winning the war Rajapaksas preach  that there is peace. Is there?

Now can you understand  Balachandran’s killing in the context of structural violence?  I hope you do?  As a civilised nation, for the sake of future generations, the need for national reconciliation and the prevention of communal violence again, it is important not to view Tamil politics in isolation, but rather understand how it developed due to its engagement with the obduracy and blindness of the Southern polity.

Wijeweera and Prabhakaran

Using terrorism, be it state sponsored or by non-state actors is a grave violation committed against the people. There should be no quarrel about it. As Head of State and Commander in Chief, all past leaders in Sri Lanka have issued orders to kill. As non-state actors Rohana Wijeweera and Vellupillai Prabhakaran have issued similar orders .

Terrorism by non-state Tamil actors was born as a result of terrorism by the State. This is the repercussion. In 1958 a peaceful Tamil demonstration staged at Galle Face was attacked and a blood bath resulted following orders issued by former Prime Minister S.W.R.D Banadarnaike.  It is well known that in June 1958 IGP S. W. O de Silva had told his DIGs at a secret meeting at the Police headquarters how the orders were issued to him by the then Prime Minister.

Terrorism by non-state Tamil actors came into fruition twenty year later. That was with the formation of the LTTE led by Vellupillai Prabhakaran.
However terrorism by non-state Sinhala actors came to the fore not as a counter to terrorism, but to capture political power. This was so when the JVP was formed by Rohana Wijeweera. In 1971 State sponsored terrorism was launched as a response to terrorism by non-state actors.

In other words, terrorism by non-state Tamils actors began after State sponsored terrorism was launched while terrorism by non-state Sinhala groups came into being before State terrorism was launched. Today the leaders of both such “terrorist” groups are not alive. They were victims of State terrorism. They could not achieve their ultimate goals and ultimately fell victim to a counter form of violence. When Rohana Wijeweera was arrested, he was carrying out his fight against the government whilst  terrorizing the whole country. When he was arrested with his family by the army he was living in Nawalapitiya as an estate owner using the alias Attanayake whilst his supporters were still involved in a bitter feud with the government.Unlike Wijeweera, Prabhakaran fought against the government till the last from the battle ground. How Wijeweera was murdered and how Prabakaran too was murdered is still a State secret. It is a mystery yet for the public.

Therein lies the question; What were the futures of these two families? How did the State treat Wijeweera’s wife Chithrangani, son Uvindu and daughters Supun Chaga, Dasun Esha and the other three children? And how did they treat Prabhakaran’s wife Mathiwathini, sons Charles Anthony, Blachandran and daughter Duvaraka? (Charles Anthony was a combatant, so we should leave him out in this argument).

Wijeyweera’s family was not killed. They were well looked after by the government. They are still alive. Chithrangani Wijeweera said that the UNP too has done much for her family.
Talking to The Sunday Leader on June 20, 2004, Wijeweera’s wife said; “The late President Ranasinghe Premadasa did a lot for us. He took us into his care at a time when we needed to be looked after. He promised to come and see us in the Trincomalee navy camp on his way to the opening of a university in Batticaloa in June but he died in May that year,”

However we still do not know what exactly happened to Prabhakaran’s  wife and children except Charles Anthony. British forensic expert Professor Pounder believes he has identified the first of the shots to be fired at the boy: “There is a speckling from propellant tattooing, indicating that the distance of the muzzle of the weapon to this boy’s chest was two to three feet or less. He could have reached out with his hand and touched the gun that killed him.”

It is clear that Wijeyweera’s family and Prabakaran’s family have been treated differently. Why? It is because of structural violence. Prabhakaran was a Tamil.

British forensic expert Professor Pounder believes he has identified the first of the shots to be fired at the boy: “There is a speckling from propellant tattooing, indicating that the distance of the muzzle of the weapon to this boy’s chest was two to three feet or less. He could have reached out with his hand and touched the gun that killed him.”

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    Insightful

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      Great work Uvindu! I’m happy we still have Sinhala great people. Keep up your great work!

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        Dear Uvindu
        I have just read this thoughtful article and write to
        say that it is really good.I hope you are well. SP

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      Sinhala bloos, Tamil blood, Muslim blood, American, British, Iraqui, German blood….. “Innocent blood calls for vengeance and the land is polluted by innocent blood”. We go on remembering our terrible past and only the precious Blood of Jesus will heal and deliver the land.

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      In 1983, the Government put the full blame on JVP, even when some of the attackers were form the Government side. So most likely Premadasa felt sorry for the RW family. Moreover, Wijeweera and family were already in Government custody before Wijewira’s death where as VP did not make use of the chance when he could have got his family to safety. (At least Soosai’s family did not suffer the same fate). So the comparisons are skewed from the begining.

      But if there is a lesson to be learnt from this, it is married men should not become “revolutioneries”, if there kids are not part of the “revolution”.

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    Ending physical violence will not be enough. It will occur again if cultural and structural violence are ignored. After winning the war Rajapaksas preach that there is peace. Is there?
    Now can you understand Balachandran’s killing in the context of structural violence? I hope you do? As a civilised nation, for the sake of future generations, the need for national reconciliation and the prevention of communal violence again, it is important not to view Tamil politics in isolation, but rather understand how it developed due to its engagement with the obduracy and blindness of the Southern polity.
    AGREED!! Good analysis.

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    On both sides, there are political families that perished and other political families that were and still are, well looked after. Both Sinhalese and Tamil. At times by the Government and at times by the Opposition. Uvindu doesn’t have to be saved. He is a good journalist and will survive.

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      That Uvindu is Wjeweera’s son!!

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    Children should not be judged by their parent’s actions.

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    I dont know what is happening in my country.but something happening.

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    Brilliant , Thank you Uvindu.People think this is peace. it is not even post-conflict , it is post war. As you say if we don’t address this structural and cultural violence this country will finish soon.

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    Any idea how those school going kids were killed in a school bus at Kabithigollewa?The parents of these kids were not murderers,but innocent farmers.But who cares,talking of Kabithigollewa kids doesn’t fill the pockets with$$. After all it seems that the Tamil Tiger terrorists were a bunch of saints.So the greatest crime was eliminating these terrorists,i suppose.Damn set of fraudsters pretending to be intellectuals glorifying terrorism.We can’t even criticize these jerks,it’s a crime to criticize them.Intellectual blackmail.It will be a great idea to disband the security forces and the police and let terrorists and their apologists take over.These fellows don’t understand the meaning of shame.

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      who cares about a school bus at Kabithigollewa. dumb blokes lyke u always bringing up ancient history. reminds me of a priest in ireland i used to know. well, really knew, haha.

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        COLOMBO TELEGRAPH, IT SEEMS SOMEONE IS POSTING UNDER PADRAIG COLMAN’S NAME. MOST LIKELY IT IS “OBSERVER” WHO PREVIOUSLY ATTEMPTED TO USE MY GRAVATAR TO DEMONSTRATE HIS GAY ADULATION FOR ME. I SUGGEST YOU BAN SUCH TROUBLEMAKERS BEFORE THIS BLOG IS DERAILED INTO FARCE.

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        Dear Padraig,
        I am trying my best to join an NGO bandwagon so that i could make a few $$ on the side.But now it seems that my efforts in bringing useless historic events such as the Kabithigollewa school bus incident doesn’t seem to work.But the thing i don’t understand is, that fellow Paki talks about murder and the bugger is rolling in $$$.May be i should stop talking nonsense about the murders committed by the Tigers and concentrate on the murders committed by that naughty fellow Rajapakse.I am a bloody fool,barracking for the wrong side.If i had joined Paki’s bandwagon i would have been having the time of my life in Geneva.Oh!imagine myself being served by topless long legged Swiss beauties!I can’t help but feel jealous of Paki and 60 something year old Sunanda.Damn you Rajapakse,i have decided to switch sides.No more Kabithigollewa School bus stories,only about how that fellow Rajapakse has violated my human rights.I am sorry Rajapakse,i have decided to throw in the towel.Here after it will be human rights complimented by erotic pleasure with lots of $$$ bulging out of my pockets.But folks pl keep this as a secret.Once i enplane it will be Max in full swing with dirty tricks!Paki,here comes Max,Geneva,London,Paris,NY.To hell with Kabithigollewa!

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        David,
        How dare you accuse my new found friend “Observer”!Don’t you know that i have switched sides as of this moment?Anyone badmouthing the Tamil human rights activists will forced to wear a bloody suicide vest and made to blow up at manning market.David,watch out Max has switched sides!I am on my way to the airport.$$$$$$.Care to join me?

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        This comment is not by me. Learn to spell my name correctly if you want to impersonate me!

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        Max – if only I could get on an NGO bandwagon. Even on St Patrick’s day there was no drink in the house!

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      Max, I think you miss the point. Even Wijeweera and JVP were killing families of the forces at that time, Remember!! But they never killed Wijeweer’s family. That is what Uvindu is analysing.

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        Raja Hewa,
        You’d better strangle your mother’s neck,Ivindu will analyze in such a way that it will look as if your mother had violated your human rights!

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      In Reply to Max, does he know who went to safeguard those villagers in Khebbethigollawa digging bunkers & giving moral support, not to abandon their village in fear of constant shelling by LTTE, It was none other than the JVP cadres, (The Real patriots)not a single UPFA or UNP members went to help those villagers, not a single bogus card patriots stepped that side during LTTE reign.

      Max your boss King Mahinda raised his hand in the parliament to give money to LTTE during tsunami time (P-Tom) & he never helped to break North & East, in fact he was an obstacle, all bogus patriots Mahinda never visited the warfield every time pestering General Sarath Fonseka over the phone, Sarath whats happening now.

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        Next time,if there’s any, lets ask Paki and co to take the lead in the battlefield.

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      Uvindu,this is exactly a very good read in my view, Must admit that you are one of the ideal bloggers I ever saw.Many thanks for publishing this useful article.

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    This analyst does not seem to have much knowledge about Wijeweera, Srimavo got all the support she needed from Wijeweera like the present Mahinda Rajapaksa with condition for jobs for rural youth in the state sector, Sirimavo ignored that plea just like Mahinda who promised to abolish the executive presidency.

    Oneday a meeting was arranged by SLFP & their well wishers one of the guest was Wijeweera seated waiting for the arrival of Sirimavo, (those days much crowd dont come to these ceremonies like now),When Sirimavo arrived everybody got up from their seats except Wijeweera (Marxist policy which dont care Rich,Poor,big or small all same).
    Sirimavo noticed it, hence she ignored Wijeweera then onwards, started to fill all govt vacancies to her partymen & elitist.

    Thus the 1971 uprising began. upto now our politicians never learn lessons if they developed the North without making singhala compulsory LTTE would never exist.

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      Jimmy

      There is a similar story about JR’s cutout crashing down at his election meeting in Jaffna!

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    Sorry folks I forgot to mention, I am sure this writer is not that Uvindu, He is Uvindu Wijeweera, not Kurukulasuriya.

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      It’s OK Jim,as long as it helps to attack Rajapakse.

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        Hey Max you seemed to be a strange nutty joker.

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    Oh! So many questions. No matter what the parents’ political beliefs, children should not be held responsible for parent’s actions be it Uvindu or Balachandran. Uvindu is now an adult and responsible for his own political beliefs and no need of any saving there. Once saved he will continue to survive.

    Structural violence had always been in operation in every Sri Lankan regime, probbably in a much larger proportion during the final war and it’s aftermath than the JVP insurrection. Uvindu’s saving came under different circumstances. I would not really warrant it as saving as there wasn’t a national scale military operation against a terrorist group in the Wanni where everyone, the people, the two warring sides, Army & LTTE, the State, etc. were under severe duress from internal pressures as well as external pressures. Apart from that, the nature of the person, scale of the military operations, possible future repercussions, etc. could have come into play as opposed to a search and arrest of a single person/ family.

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    Children born into families and don’t have the possibility to choose their parents. Thus they are not responsible for what their parents did or did not. Right of a child to live should be respected by all parents. That is one of the reason why they are not convicted for criminal charges.

    On the other hand, there has been instances where even some of the so called great leaders have violated this important moral principle. A case in point is Vladimir Lenin who personally ordered the killing of Czar Nicholas along with his wife, son and six daughters. All the children were minors. Is that why leftists who admired Lenin were reluctant until recently to accept the moral statutes of Universal Human Rights, including the right to life?

    Uvindu raises a very important point namely that in comparison to Wijeweera’s children we prefer to neglect Balchandran’s death because he was a Tamil. This reminds me that when Amnesty International demanded accountability in 1971 in the case of Premawathie Manameperi, the Sinhalese girl who was murdered by the Armed forces, no body thought Amnesty is interfering into the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Mercantile Union and its leader Bala Tampoe who brought in Lord Avebury from the Amnesty International to agitate for accountability6 on Premawathie Manamperi’s death were not treated as traitors. The Government heeded to the Amnesty International’s call and officers responsible for the killing of Premawathie Manmperi were brought to justice. Was it because Premawathie manmperi was a Sinhala. probably so. Would’nt this mean what we had was not a war against terrorism as supporters of the regime would want to claim. But a brutal war between two clans – a Gothrika Uddaya.

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      Premee

      You have a point there. Kids are not responsible for their parents crimes. But also take note the “story” being told also talks of 5 bodies of people who appear to be body guards. Do you think body guards are sent for a kid’s surrender? How come another 300,000 people surrendered without “body guards”? So though we must be sad that a kid had to sacrifice his life for the faults of his parent, we do not have the complete picture to come to any “balanced conclusion”. So we can only give an “open” verdict.

      The bigger problem is people who have the ability to analyse both sides, when it comes to writing, gives a slanted story so that the story (and possibly the writer) becomes popular.

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    I admire Uvindu Kurukulasuriya’s bravery.

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      That bravery is rewarded with lots of $$$$$$.

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      In short, any Sinhalese who has a slanted story for the Tamils is a “brave” guy.

      Any Tamil who tries to work with an elected Government is an “enemy” (I am talking about people like Alfred Thuraiappah and Lakshman Kadiragamar).

      Oops… that is not short…

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    dear uvindu if prabakaran ,obama,solhime,bankimoon navaneethan or any really wanted to save children and wife that would have done in proper ways because nobody wanted to save now do not blame army and to government .tell someone to analyst about your thoughts .do not misguide people.

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    Brilliant!

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      Yes, your point is correct Uvindu.

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    I have a problem.”Five neat bullet holes”
    This cannot be.

    If it is by rifle, Lot of damage would have taken place.
    If it was by machine gun , yet there should have been lot of damage.
    If fivr holes by pistol at point blank yet the chest won;t be like this.

    This type of wholes only could be seen by No 8 cartridges of a shot gun(Kurulru Munissan)

    My problem is that?

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    Shot guns were not used in that war.

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      Shotguns most certainly were used, but mostly by special forces units. To me, the wounds look like bullet holes, not shotgun pellet wounds. I don’t think it is possible to guess whether it is rifle, pistol, or SMG rounds, though I think we can rule out heavy calibre machine-guns.

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    good and brillint work macha.thank.

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      You understand thus considerably relating to this topic, made me for my part believe it from numerous numerous angles. Your personal stuffs excellent. All the time maintain it up!

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    Dear kamal nissanka,

    If you had studied Forensic Medicine, you would understand.
    Prof. Pounder is correct.

    The wives and children of the 40 odd persons abducted during the past few months – one of them right in front of a courthouse,with many policemen watching – are in a worse plight.
    Noone supports them, not even the government which is entirely powerless to stop abductions.
    They have to go through life with this in their minds the whole time.
    They have no future.

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    Of course it’s easy to slaughter the enemy and their families. But killing your own people is more complicated. For one thing, it becomes highly demoralizing to those who are doing it, after a while. This is why the LTTE and the JVP were treated the same, yet differently. More liberties could be taken with the LTTE, who as Tamils are still considered foreigners on the island.

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    dear uvindu no revolution in srilanka got success in past LTTE OR JVP you must be sick of analyze in a wrong tecnic what wiil leaders get saving family once they loose .what you like to have terroist ladies who lost husband.

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    This kind of killing depend on the person who involve with
    lots of things come to an account. mostly education and view mentality. i dont think that each and every soldger is doing so but i know most of them act like this. is up to the command who ever command them could have avoided this kind of crime .

    main reason is hate was crated by both side. one crime cannot be justify by another. shame full to see such a thing either in north or south.

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    I am shocked and extremely pained. How can anybody kill a 12 year child unless he is a monster? It is nothing but a genocide that was perpetrated in SL. The International Criminal Court should take cognizance and prosecute Rajapakshe and others for genocide, War Crimes and crimes against humanity. This is not to take sides with or condone LTTE if they too committed such genocidal acts during their campaigns. But now most of them have been killed and the organization almost wiped out. So, the international humanity can only prosecute the surviving and ruling monsters. It is widely rumoured that Balachandran was killed in Prabhakaran’s full sight, Prabhakaran’s wife and daughter were raped and killed and later Prabhakaran too tortured and killed. Is that true?

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      Mallika,
      You say you are shocked?When were you born?The Tamil Tiger monsters cut open bellies of pregnant women and threw the unborn babies for the dogs to eat.They were defenseless innocent folks whose only crime was living close to the monsters territories.At Kent farm innocent villagers were hacked to death.Where was Uvindu and persons like Mallika when the Barbaric Tamil Tiger terrorists were on a killing spree?They were cheer leaders.With the elimination of the Tiger monsters,these cheer leaders have turned journalists and human rights activists.God knows who they will be called next time.All mighty god,watch out!You might have competition here.God Paki,God Uvindu,Goddess Nimalka and Sunila.Very funny what $$$$ can do.$$$ Make hearts bleed.$$$make human rights activists.Lastly $$$$ make gods!Damn set of fraudsters,shedding crocodile tears.The name of the game is$$$$.

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        Max Silva..

        You say that LTTE has killed so many innocent civilians.

        Through this, it seems that you try to justify the killings by your brave troops.

        How does it make sense that just LTTE killed sinhalese.. that troops can also kill tamil civilians..

        So you say that GoSL is nothing but a “terrorist government”.

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        The Srilankan forces didn’t murder innocent civilians in villages at midnight when they were sleeping.But the Tiger terrorists planned and raided Sinhala villages at night and hacked to death these poor folks on their sleeping mats with swords and knives in typical butcher fashion.That is what you call cold blooded murders.Now this Ivindu character is trying to portray that Srilankan forces killed a 12 year old innocent boy who must have been playing hide and seek.This boy was not sleeping on a mat.But he was with his father the monster Tiger terror leader in combat at the height of war.The LTTE being notorious for recruiting child soldiers,there’s no doubt that Balachandran was a child soldier.Mind you a child soldier also fires live bullets from T56s and AK47s not water pistols.Where have this Uvindu being in the last few years when the Tiger terrorists were on a killing spree?Never heard of the jerk.Now we have this Johnny come lately announcing about murder.Quality journalists are supposed to come out with independent unbiased news.Should not matter whether it’s the Srilankan forces or the Tiger terrorists who are the culprits.But in the case of Uvindu he only sees,the Tiger terrorists being victimized by security forces.The bottom line is that he is barracking for the Tamil tiger terrorists.These type of phonies are an insult to true journalists.These fellows are not interested in the well being of innocent Tamils but encouraging to restart terrorism.Lets not make any bones about it.This Ivindu character is trying to sew the seeds of terrorism once again.The reason being that he is a paid Sinhala terrorist.Now when i brand this Uvindu character as a terrorist,the tiger apologist will cry blue murder.But the stark reality is that he is a mouthpiece of the Tamil Tiger terrorists.We blame the Rajapakse regime for not eliminating such terrorists who disguise themselves as intellectuals,human rights activists and journalists.Tamil Tiger terrorists are notorious in the game of disguise and deception.These fellows don’t care a damn about innocent Tamils but are only interested in restarting terrorism while filling their pockets with $$$$$$.
        A word for British forensic expert professor Pounder,Without poking your dirty nose in affairs thousands of miles away,you’d better concentrate on whats at home.Why don’t you use your expertise to determine the death of the Fiat Uno driver who was an accomplice in princess Diana’s murder.This fellow was supposed to have shot himself TWICE in the head and POURED PETROL OVER HIS BODY AND HAD LIT A MATCH!Professor when does dead men pour petrol over their bodies and light matches?A damned set of fraudsters disguising as journalists and professors.
        If i am wrong i need answers from Uvindu and professor pounder,not the jokers in the caliber of Observer,Gamini,Kc John,Jim and other would be Johnnies!

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      Really, it’s not hard to fathom once you get a glimpse of the Sinhala-Buddhist culture. The national pastime is to drink arrack and curse Tamils. In the villages, the women have gone to Saudi, so the fathers are doing weird things to the daughters at home. You can also see a similar thing at the beaches, where parents are basically selling the children. Once I have seen a small local boy giving a foot massage to a Western tourist. People like Max Silva have been trained by the monks from a small age to believe Tamils are invaders, Tamils are not human, Tamils are from “Nadu”, etc. They hate the West because they see the tourists in SL – with their cameras and what not – and become quickly jealous.

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        Miliband or whoever you are,
        I didn’t have the opportunity to be trained by monks because i was a boarder at Wesley College,since my childhood.I wasn’t one of those creatures like Sunanda who had his entire education free of charge and now playing tootsie to white folks.
        As for myself seeing foreigners only as tourists,you are wrong.I have lived in the UK(Alperton,Wembley) and US(Tulsa,Oklahoma).I lived in these countries with respect and dignity.Not as asylum seekers,drug traffickers and credit card fraudsters.
        If you want to know anymore personal details,you are welcome.Don’t worry,i won’t ask you any because you all are a band of fraudsters appearing in bogus names.Bloody crooks!

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        Mr Milliband, what were you doing on that type of beach? I do not say we do not have beaches of the type you describe. But we certainly have better beaches. So my question is what made you end up at a beach like that?

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    Uvindu, you should understand one thing it was a War not a play ground and it was started by a ruthless devil call Prabakaran this lunatic killed thousands of our children and priests I wonder where you were then now you talk about humanity which pays bastards like you lots of money and keep one thing in mind we are people with lion blood may be people like you have blood of wolfs and its a disgrace to our people and our mother land we Sinhalese don’t interfere with other country’s and their internal affairs but you should know we give our lives to protect ours and our people Srilanks is a Sinhala Buddhist country its the only country for us, cowards like you should know that we, people with Lion blood will do anything to protect our Country from cowards like you and terrorists, our President have done that we all should commend him and show our gratitude to President Rajapakse for that
    MAY THE TRIPLE GEM PROTECT OUR MOTHER LAND SRILANKA………….

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      “People with lion blood” – ha… ha… ha… It seems that you accept that you all the still animals…

      thank you very much..

      I like these kinds of comments as they help every one to understand the barbaric, savage, chauvinistic,ruthless blood thirst nature of the majority ethnic group of Srilanka..

      Thank you..

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    Surely Uvindu (Kurikulasuriya) is an investigative journalist! agreed by both moderates (Professor HL Senevirathna) and extremists. (Dr Dayan Jayatilleke)

    very good journalism that should force peoples like David Blacker and Malinda Senevirathna to ask this question looking at their mirrors.
    ( It is unfortunate that one will not be able to see the darkness of the heart or the intellectual deficiency by looking at a mirror)

    good work Uvindu!

    (except for the theoretical stuff, as these are outdated and do not add any depth to public/general journalistic writing- I would argue that you develop the same line of argument in a comparative critical theory sense for an academic journal)

    best

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      What question, Suren? And surely you don’t claim to have xray vision that can see the colour of our hearts that even a mirror cannot reveal? ;)

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    “”It is clear that Wijeyweera’s family and Prabakaran’s family have been treated differently. Why? It is because of structural violence. Prabhakaran was a Tamil

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      Good article. Killing of Pirabakaran’s family was a racist act. This stems from the fact Tamils are ill treated by the Sinhala establishment.

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        Some really interesting details you have written on https://www.colombotelegraph.com .Aided me a lot, just what I was searching for

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    I was thinking the same. Killing Balachandran justifies what Prabhakaran was fighting for in a way.

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    Dear Uvindu, Your interesting analysis makes some valid points and the merits and demerits of the war and its aftermath will be debated not just in the present but also by the generations to come.The greatest need of the hour however is a committed path to reconciliation demonstrated through sincerity in action. In Nelson Mandela there is an unparalleled example of an approach to it that met with resounding success simply because it recognised the human need for Self Respect, Justice and Dignity …needs that are as basic as Food, Clothing and Shelter. Once that is in place for ALL SRI LANKANS we can confidently anticipate divine blessings for the Nation as well. Best wishes and continuing strength to your discerning pen, sincerely, Skandakumar.

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      The difference to our laboured denials/justifications in Sri Lanka, was that in Mandela’s South Africa there was a well structured and GENUINE Truth & Reconciliation process where the wrong-doers on BOTH sides publicly showed remorse (all on live TV throughout the sessions). The President apologised to the nation, so did all religious leaders including the most powerful Dutch-Reformed Afrikaaner church, the heads of the feared Army & Police Forces, et al. Those guilty of human abuse crimes but did not repent, were punished. All this in the name of SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS singing the SAME National Anthemn adapted to respect each community (10+ official languages) – all singing from the SAME hymn sheet so to speak. It was a cleansing process of an evil system of apartheid.
      In Sri Lanka we are fortunate as the people cannot be distinguished apart unlike SA, all we need is commitment and sincerity of purpose by those we look to, to effect reconciliation, peace and harmony and together co-existence as SRI LANKANS in this Blessed isle.

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      Well said Skanda. One more thing is this should be done by the common people, like you and me, as politicians have always agendas that are less than sincere. It is time we leave out politicians in our day to day matters and engage in activities that are beneficial to the general public. For example TNA should be left alone in preference to an independent candidate. Similarly in the Sinhala areas, we have to show the door to those ‘hood-winking’ politicians.

      It is only the people who can bring true peace to this tiny island.

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    I am glad that these can be published in Sinhalese. In the deep South whatever Rajapakse says is taken as absolute truth and that is hard to break.

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      But people in deep south will not understand..

      They are too much intoxicated with the “patriotism”.

      One day they will reaslise that Rajapakse brothers have robbed their dress and left them naked to the entire world..

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    Very good analysis.

    Ranjan Wijeratne and the army spared the Wijeweera family and still taking good care of them.

    But Tamils were all slaughtered.

    Others are kept as propaganda tools and house arrest prisoners, including young chilkdren.

    Soosai Family and Tamil Chelvam family and others who we do not even know whether they are dead or alive after they surrendered.

    That is why we keep screaming for Independent International Investigations when the whole truth and gory details will come out with both Sinhala and Tamil eyewitnesses by the hundreds.

    Rajapakses won’t know how to lie. The Rothweillers and Pit Bulls will be treated and exposed like rabid parriah dogs. Malinda, Prabath, Shamindra and Dayan Jayatileke.

    Tamara is just a smart whore, who used the MKR MPR.

    MKR – Modayatta Kimba Ratharang…lol

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    You are correct.A Good analysis, The important thing is that those who arrested him treated his family well. Crucial was special forces hero Gamini Hettiaarachchi whose brother was decapitated by the JVP, but who didn’t touch Wijeweera when he arrested him, and promised to look after the family.

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