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Looking Beyond The Current Political Gridlock: Future Of Tamil Nationalist Politics

By Sara Dissanayake

Dr. Sara Dissanayake

The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in the North, which would potentially have a ripple effect to the dynamics of future Tamil nationalist politics in Sri Lanka. This piece intends to shed light on a different, yet a crucial dimension of the election outcomes.

The victory of the ‘lotus bud’ signifies many things, one of which could be the (mis)interpretation as a specious return of Sinhala ultra-nationalism. In a press conference held on 12 February, the SLPP de facto leader Mahinda Rajapaksa proudly pointed to the Sri Lankan map, expressing how the maroon colour spread across the country to the extent that even the territory of ‘Eelam’ had also been minimised. The Eelamists would quite naively interpret this in simplistic terms that the South voted for the SLPP in order to prevent the concession of power to the Tamils under the incumbent national unity government. For the Eelam apologists, Rajapaksa’s re-emergence implies that the window of opportunity to pursue Tamil self-determination would be indefinitely shut. Such line of thought can further push them to pursue its separatist agenda. To this end, Colombo needs to anticipate and prepare against a force multiplication of the Tamil question in the immediate future, which is likely to come in two fronts: a) Tamil National Alliance’s (TNA) pivot to a hardline stance; and b) intensification of anti-Sri Lanka propaganda by the global pro-LTTE Diaspora entities.

At present, the TNA’s political survival is at stake. Although the TNA was overall numerically successful, it fell short of an absolute majority in all councils across the their stronghold, and especially in Jaffna- the heart of Tamil nationalism. The LG polls this time demonstrated an unprecedented level of support to anti-LTTE Douglas Devananda’s Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), capturing Kayts and Delft Pradeshya Sabha. Similarly, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam- led Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), a breakaway faction known for its less compromising commitment to the Tamil struggle, came second after TNA in Jaffna district. They captured in Point Pedro Urban Council and Chavakachcheri Pradeshya Sabha, as well as Poonakary Pradeshya Sabha in Kilinochchci district.

The support for TNA is gradually waning, as opposed to their confident prediction of bagging 46 councils in early February. Although EPDP has offered its support to provisionally back the TNA in forming administrations in the LG bodies in the North, the TNA’s overall electoral setback may push them to take a hardline stance on the Tamil nationalist issue, which can be attributed to both domestic and external factors: first, in a bid to outdo its local political rivals; and second, to garner further support from the larger Eelamist groups abroad. The increasing support for the EPDP and the TNPF is a testament to the rising frustration among the constituents against TNA’s failure to deliver results, despite enjoying its status as an opposition party of the incumbent regime.

 TNA-Diaspora Nexus

For the TNA to assume leadership and build a bridge between the clash of ideologies among its political rivals would be a challenge, and not quite possibly their immediate goal. Instead, their focus is likely to retain their political survival by echoing a more forceful tone on the Tamil issue and actively reaching out to their counterparts in the foreign governments, in an attempt to appease the pro-LTTE rump abroad who is their largest benefactor. As a proxy of the Tiger terrorists during wartime, they managed to juggle between its two political masters in the post-war setting: that is, the pro-Tiger Diaspora outfits and the Sri Lankan state. Their malleable political positioning has enabled its survival thus far by strategically interchanging its Eelamist and Unitarist masks. While finding much comfort as an opposition party in the incumbent regime today, the TNA does not forget to pull political stunts at critical junctures to appease its sponsors abroad. This was once again evident in the run-up to the recent elections.

For instance, the TNA leader R. Sampanthan declared to boycott the 70th Independence Day celebrations, and at the same time, the Northern Provincial Council Chairman CVK Sivagnanam openly expressed that the ban on the LTTE should be lifted within Sri Lanka. Further, in the immediate aftermath of the incident involving the throat-slitting gesture of the Defense Attaché in London, Sampanthan was quick to make a calculated move of joining the Eelamist bandwagon in demanding the British government to declare the said individual as a persona non grata.

The TNA-Tamil Diaspora nexus has always been asymmetric in nature, where the former is very much dependent on the latter, both financially and politically. The TNA needs the Diaspora for its survival, not the other way round. Sampanthan and his cohorts are also pawns of factional rivalry among the pro-LTTE Diaspora parties, and are repeatedly put in its place whenever their agenda seems to derail from its foreign masters’ predilections. 2017 witnessed failed assassination attempts of M.A. Sumanthiran carried out by ex-LTTE cadres, under the directive of the radical Nediyawan faction in Norway. In a recent report, the US based Diaspora group ‘Tamils for Trump’ called for a probe on the TNA for its inaction in pursuing the Tamil Homeland issue by failing to engage with the West and India, and instead getting into bed with the Sinhalese.

Amidst its waning support both domestically and externally, TNA’s immediate priority would be to get back into the good books of its Western benefactors by echoing a tougher stance regarding the Tamil question, and to demonstrate its apparent commitment to the cause. To this end, we can anticipate a more proactive and outspoken TNA in the forthcoming weeks, with a shift in its narratives that would be more in line with the Eelamist rhetoric.

Diaspora Furore

Especially under the auspices of the current regime, the pro-Tiger font organisations have increased their leverage with their political activism. Following a meeting in June 2015 with then Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, TNA’s Sumanthiran and representatives from the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in London, the government later in November de-listed 8 prominent LTTE front groups and 269 individuals who were thought to have been working for the LTTE. Consequently, the de-listing allowed the GTF to publically collaborate with the Sri Lankan state on the Tamil issue. It is pertinent to note that the so-called ‘good will gesture’ of the government – in the name of expediting reconciliation – has not been reciprocated by its counterparts. To date, none of the de-listed groups have publically condemned its members for brandishing the LTTE flag and honouring Prabhakaran as its leader in public protests and gatherings.

Against this backdrop, the ‘return of the former war-time President’ rhetoric is a golden platform for the pro-Tiger communities to prompt the fear factor, which is an effective mobilisation tool for any mass movement. This would enable them to further justify their cause and leverage international actors to exert pressure on the Sri Lankan government. In a knee-jerk response to the supposed return of Sinhala ultra-nationalism, the LTTE rump will most likely intensify its anti-Sri Lanka propaganda in the immediate future.

The recent incident in London unfortunately laid a fertile ground for the Eelamists to strengthen their cause, and to add salt to injury, the sweeping victory of the SLPP just days subsequent to the incident further catalysed their raison d’etre. The pro-separatists will be sure to capitalise on the prevailing circumstances to amplify their activities by conveniently twisting the political narrative to their favour. This may inevitably have a synergysing effect, as it can potentially further pressurise the TNA to take a rigid stance on Sri Lanka’s fault line of the Tamil question.

Way Forward

With the present political gridlock and the waning recognition both locally and externally, the TNA is in limbo. With the TNA losing prominence in its current form and with the rise of SLPP and other Tamil parties, there is a reasonable possibility that a non-violent but a more radical streak of Tamil nationalist elements will be at play within the democratic framework. Against this backdrop, a dynamic interplay of Tamil nationalist politics may likely come to the fore. Regardless of the ongoing political stalemate, it would be wise for the government to anticipate and devise a strategy in terms of managing the emerging trends of the Tamil politics at the domestic level, so as not to significantly undermine national stability.

As for mitigating the increasing pro-LTTE activism abroad, the Sri Lankan state can no longer resort to its usual reactive, whack-a-mole diplomacy. It is high time to acknowledge that the Eelamist activism abroad is facilitated to a certain extent due to Colombo’s laid back approach in mitigating their narratives. Gearing up just before the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva is not enough. Without getting bogged down in internal politics, as a sovereign nation the Ministry of External Affairs needs to clearly identify its mandate and promulgate an independent, comprehensive and a solid diplomatic strategy in order to secure Sri Lanka’s national interests under a unitary state. Career diplomat or political appointee aside, it is equally imperative to maintain a qualified and well-trained Sri Lankan diplomatic corps that would adhere to utmost professionalism. Denying the Eelamists of any opportunities to exploit in furthering their cause is one of many steps in protecting the country. Let us not be blinded entirely by the current political gridlock, as Sri Lanka faces greater challenges ahead.

*The author is a Research Fellow at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of National Security Studies, Sri Lanka.

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    Tamil politics in Tamilnadu is dominated by Casteism and the high castes who instead use TAMILNESS to win votes. In Sri lanka TAMIlness against sinhal people earlier, now the Tamilness. Tamils are living in other countries too. they just do their job and fulfill their responsibility. Sri lankan Tamil politicians should start the same thing. Tamil politicians no longer can continue the TAMILNESS as the only issue. Sri lanka shoould do the best to assimilate Poor Tamils to majority. I think the recent local elelctions has proved it. Tamil nationalism workd to politicians of both sides but never to Tamils. I heard the poor Tamils – they are mostly the dalits – are really suffering. So, Even the sri lankan society can against the politicians and help those tamils. Sri lankan govt should understand the Tamil politicians who think that they do not know how to do politics without being Tribalist should be removed and they should not be rewarded. The bottom line is buddhists and Hindus lived here for the longest time.

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      Sara Dissanayake

      Well you have a better chance of becoming a typical Sri Lankan diplomat representing the country overseas than the public racist Dayan.

      All you have do is to hone your skills rubbishing the current government (minus -SLFP), bash the Demelas in Sinhala news paper, …. praise every move MR and his crooks make. If you really want a plumb diplomatic posting you may have to tone down your overtly anti Tamil bashing. You can still remain a racist while pleasing the International Community as long as you remain a closet one.

      “In a press conference held on 12 February, the SLPP de facto leader Mahinda Rajapaksa proudly pointed to the Sri Lankan map”

      Well could you tell us if he is still a card carrying member of SLFP?

      By the way, where is the hero of Vanni Brigadier Priyankara Fernando? Is he hiding behind his women folks, or perhaps behind you?

      By any chance you are related to Navin Eranjan Dissanayake/Dissanayake Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Lionel Dutta Gamini Dissanayake, the arsonist?

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        Hi Native this chink look lanki chick not bad for good knock….

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          Jamis Muthu Banda, the Tamil Speaking Sinhalam

          She shares her name with Navin and Mayantha , the arsonist Dutta Gamani’s two sons. You don’t want any trouble from them.

          Recently Navin was seen packing his Highlander 40 Litre Recon Pack to go to UK to fight the former white colonial masters and the LTTE rumps both at the same time.

          In case Sara is related to Navin you are finished, he will burn you alive until your death.

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          Muthu:
          You sure you can handle this cougar?

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          She is a Sri Lankan Apa Rata Chick.

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          Tamil nationalism is all about begging, begging and more begging for political solutions from Singhala politicians for 70 years. What did they get other than just wind?

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          Muthu, the frustrated ass

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        I have not noticed any Pro LTTE activism at all.

        There is of course Tamil mums and dads, Tamil husbands and wives, Tamil brothers, sisters – whose kith and kin, who surrendered to the army during the war have gone missing, are constantly asking the question.

        For Dr Sara & Dr Dayan- it is convenient to brand them as Pro LTTE Terrorist!!!!!!!

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          Rajash

          So you want Dayan and Sara to stop recycling racism and make a serious attempt to seek truth. Well they can’t both do it for the simple reason the chattering classes need these people to say what they can’t openly say in public.

          Self proclaimed intellectuals are being hired to do it for them. Therefore Dayan, Shenali, Kamalika, HLD M, Milinda, are the hired guns to do the dirty work for the chattering classes.

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    Dr. Sara Dissanayake,
    I think you need to study basic mathematics to understand the meaning of landslide victory. The SLPP lead by the former dictator was only using one and only propaganda that is this government is going to give eelam through new constitution. It is the same propaganda he used in 2015 presidential election and he lost after getting 47.5%. In this election he got only 45.6% which is lower than what he got in 2015. The progressive forces including number of civil societies among Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Upcountry Tamils all united in defeating the monster. That landslide victory was the victory of the people, not to the Sirisena or Ranil.Very soon people will understand the real face of that monster.

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    Dr. Sara Dissanayake “….. to the extent that even the territory of ‘Eelam’ had also been minimised. “

    Sara you slipped your guard and acknowledged there is a territory of ” Eelam.”

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      Oh, grow up! What the author mentioned was that the de facto leader of the SLPP Mahinda Rajapakse pointed to a map of Sri Lanka coloured representing the parties according to the victory distribution and stated the even “the territory of the Eaelam (as proclaimed earlier by the LTTE) has reduced by the SLPP victory”So if anyone accepted the Eelam territory it is Mahinda Rajapakse. Go tell this to Mahinda Rajapakse.

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        Shyam what a sham of an article. Same old theme since 1949 “Tamil Bashing”. Nno independent thinking here, as Dayan proclaims below, but peddling Tamil racism.

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          Shyam…..further ….there is a policy jointly by all Sinhala parties to sinhalise the NE by forced immigration of Sinhala people. They want to build 1000 Buddhist Temples all over the NE not just to wipe out Eelam territory but systematically wipe out the Tamils. This is a long term agenda. Sara’s darling Douglas and Karuna would be gone by then. The Tamil politicians of all colours are fooled short term appeasement.
          Tamils were right to take up arms but failed to negotiate from position of strength.

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      Rajash

      Have you noticed any thing different such as “increasing pro-LTTE activism abroad”. My mate the old codger who has been living in the UK for nearly forty years tells me nothing has changed, as far as Tamil Diaspora is concerned the business is as usual as before, most of them have aged, sick or dead.

      He observed those who lost their kith and kin through no fault of their own in the war congregate few days in a year to protest, remember and remind the crooks and war criminals there is still an unfinished business namely the accountability issue. Is my friend right?

      Do you think Dayan can safely/confidently retire now since the advent of Dr. Sara Dissanayake who has the potential to become another Shenali Waduge, the most unhappiest person in this island?

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        NV,

        Dayan will not retire but will write an article emblished in oxbridge English in order to show DR Sara Dissanayake that he is superior in every sense!

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    Sri Lanka is sandwiched between geopolitics of china and US & India …as long as US and western back them…as long as as India is backing it …No worries if Tamil dispora business ..
    They could go to Geneva hundreds of times ..there would not not any action…china will extends its support too for Sri Lanka..
    India knows well how Sri Lanka is making the balance between two sides …india and China..
    We Sri Lanka use our heads and deal with issues diplomatically away from all.emotions .
    Tamils if they want to contribute to nation building process they should come and do something …
    It is Sri Lanka that spend billions on earth and East…not those Tamils who are talking about ..

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      Singhalese pundit

      “Tamils if they want to contribute to nation building process they should come and do something …”

      Why do you expect them to come back while Sinhalese diaspora continues to grow. First stop them from leaving the country then ask them to come back. My Elders tell me when the economy opened up just after 1977 many members of Tamil diaspora returned from abroad with hard earned money invested in properties and business. In 1983 they lost everything, took the next flight and settled down overseas.

      How much profit did you make out of the riots? Are you itching for another profitable riots immediately after Tamils come back and settle down here?

      “It is Sri Lanka that spend billions on earth and East…not those Tamils who are talking about ..”

      Where does Sri Lanka find that kind of money?

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      Tamils would very much like to the building up of North and East, but how much sure are their investments?. Any investments by the Tamils from out sides Srilanka are Viewed with “Tiger Stripe Glasses”. There are are a quite a few Tamil diaspora who are interested in helping the war widows and orphans but fear of being branded as Tigers on their arrival in Srilanka, prevent them from doing so. The so called Researchers subtly find fault with the Tamils who support the Tamil cause. I have still to come across the “intellectuals” from the Sihala community who has the capacity to say that Tamils should be granted a full fledged Federal state to mind their business. They are willing to be under the Chinese rather live as equals with the TAMILS. Of course Brian Seneveratne is an exception.

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    Will Sampathar resign along with his mate Dr Ranil?.
    Doughie cleaned up the Dalit Vote in the North and the East ,despite Sampatar’s plea for them to vote for the Vellala Party.
    Over one million Dalits in the South gave Dr Ranil the flick.
    The UNP Dalits there also have finally realised that Dr Ranil and his cohorts, the Bond Robbers and Beneficiaries are no friends of theirs.
    Plus they are hurting from Dr Ranil’s Economics.
    Can Sampathar now ask the South to vote for a Vellala Homeland, as he demanded Dr Ranil to give him soon after the recent Election?
    Will Doughies Dalits get as much benefits as the Vellalas from Sampathar and Suren Surendran’s Eelaam?.
    Where is the Vellala Kid Abraham?

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      KA Sumanaya has changed his name to Kallu A. Funny bugger.

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        Hello Tamil from the North,
        Which Faction are you from ? Suren , Kumaran or Nediyavan

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          Kalu Albert aka KA Sumanaya, I do not take sides. This is a very sad war which lasted 31 years. Every Sri Lankan lost out in this war. It wasn’t a war between Tamils and Sinhalese. It was a war between brothers and sisters, the entire Lankan family lost. Every time I saw a Sinhala man or woman or child die, my heart bled seeing a brother, sister or a child dying…………….at the end for what? I felt the same when Tamils died and Muslims died, what for? At the end our filthy pride won.

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      KASmaalam K A Sumanasekere

      “Will Sampathar resign along with his mate Dr Ranil?.”

      It is irritating isn’t it to see Sambandan a Demela decorating the chair usually reserved for a Sinhala/Buddhist?

      “Doughie cleaned up the Dalit Vote in the North and the East ,despite Sampatar’s plea for them to vote for the Vellala Party.”

      What was Vijayakala Maheswaran doing in her stronghold?
      Never ever knowingly or unknowingly annoy her she has access to a large number of southern thugs. Ask your mate Dr MR’s one time mate Premachandra how she treated him few years back in one of those island?
      Is she clean, no ballot rigging?

      It seem you are suffering from short term memory loss. Forgetting one’s own name is the sign of beginning of Alzheimer disease. I suggest you see a good doctor, not Dr Mahinda, not Dr Gota, Dr GLP, ……….. but a specialist who are a expert in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

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    Hello Tamil from the North,
    Which Faction are you from ? Suren , Kumaran or Nediyavan

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      Kalu Albert don’t be an arse, go and read my response to your comment above Native Vedda’s comment. While the country burns, you are sitting here talking about whose camp you are in and all that nonsense. Buggers like you and these Tamil separatist buggers have nothing else to do in life. Bloody losers, sit at home and talk crap………..Tamil Ealam, MR is a hero and all that rubbish. No wonder this beautiful country is going down the drain.

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    This woman who looks part East Asian is an out and out Sinhalese racist . The least said about her analysis the better. She calls her self an educated woman but cannot shed her racist anti Tamil views. Living and studying in the liberal civilised west , has not broadened this woman’s attitudes or views.
    What is Eelam territory? Eelam territory does not increase or decrease just because recently settled Sinhalese and Muslims living in Eelam territory vote in a different way. Any way the Tamil Muslims living within the Eelam territory ands even outside, overwhelmingly did not vote for Rajapakse. Only the recently settled Sinhalese on ethnically cleansed Tamil lands. Of course they will vote for him, as he is a war criminal Sinhalese racist and they are living proof of Sinhalese racism , epitomising it. Living in ethnically cleansed Tamil lands ( Eelam territory) due to State sponsored Sinhalese Buddhist Fascism and who now represents this most Rajapakse and his war criminal thugs. Scotland’s or Wales territory does not increase or decrease just because many living there vote for Labour or the Conservatives, instead of Scottish or Welsh parties In fact 45% of Scots vote for Scottish parties . The Territory of French Quebec in Canada, does not decrease or increase , depending on the way the population there votes. This means according to the this woman and Rajapakse Eelam territory will increase if the Tamil population outside the north and east start voting for Tamil parties? Then Colombo many parts of western and north west coast and central province , will all become Eelam territory. Whom are they trying to fool? Only stupid uneducated gullible Sinhalese and others.

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    Do not worry…China and India will take over and share Lanka…and peace may prevail…I hope…at least no communal riots or burning libraries or houses, Muslim, Tamils shops…the so called organized racial riots with Buddhist monks carrying a voters list to identify minority homes…

    WoW what a wonderful past we had..for 70 years ….Muslim mosques, christian churches vandalized, burnt…
    people danced on the streets, exploding fire crackers…thet were so happy destroying minority properties, worshiping places while police are just watching with glee..
    Sri Lanka will never get a life under these condition and the sort of rule..by Ranil or Aiyo Sira..
    Both are just useless …just not capable of any good thing for themselves or for the country.

    Miyanmar Buddhist war monger Wirathu visiting & welcomed by Lankan…interesting and great stuff..

    Sinhala buddhism and Sinhala only should be shelved for the prosperity of the country, if not China or both taking over our country cannot be stopped because of our foolish so called stupid leaders.

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    Jim Softy, there is nothing called TAMILNESS. Go to night school again and learn English

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      Gopal,

      My recommendation is he should take lesson at Kothalawala University from Ms Dissanayake. It was in that Rapist Army University Ms Dissanakye was offering her training to the army.
      When every time Eelamist mount attack on Softy, he loses regular nightly sleep. That is what his problem is, not the English. I offered him Lunesta or Ambien he did not take it.

      Do you how strongly Dissanayake protected her past student the Brigadier goon, when Eelamist launched their attack on him, while he was politely standing inside the Embassy compound, by showing the Eelamist’ flag by ? That is the kind protection Softy looking for to get back a hold on his English, sedately.

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    Ealam also has minimized pointed to the expression how the brown colored map, says the previous President in this case does Colombo need to anticipate a force and prepare against a force multiplication of the Tamil in the immediate future.

    Diminishing violence is goal that every one support, Above all be a heroine from what
    has been achieved by Sri lankan of your life , nor a victim by intimidation of flag expression.

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    Rohan closed his computers for CIA after his “Uudal” with CTC. Now M16 looking for LTTE analyst?
    The essay openly telling that is will not examine why every electorate in the South is swept by Slap Party. It says if that sweeping will give fuel to LTTE rump activism, Sara Dissanayake is interested in consulting of neutralizing that advantage. Only a handful of academician would have audacity and smugness to express in their preamble introduction that it is their intention to start and remain biased in the entire essay. It is not a defense attorney to thief; it is Map preparing for a thief.

    First thing is if Sara Dissanayake knows 70 years history of Sinhala Buddhist Appe Aanduwa governments’ Democratic dictatorship, she can write in the highly complex matter. Otherwise learning of it will be better. If she had advised Don Stephen that disenfranchising Tamils in 1948 will make Eelamist activism abroad is facilitated to a certain extent in 2018, when a Brigadier Goon shows the throat cutting gestures, possibly Don Stephen might have avoided his blunders. Don Stephen was alone that time without a consultant like Rohan or Sara and he has committed a irredeemable blunder. But will Yahapalanaya heed and bend for this advice?

    The last two paragraphs’ materials are extremely childish consulting for government and opposition that they both did their best on flaring the racial fire by pouring Oil to win the last election. Sara Dissanayake is not willing at to check and see why the opposition and the government are behaving like that. Let me tell an example here. A child was living a Tharavai, (slump) and in there ever night the workers drink and party, including its parent. Child is the service person to the partiers. The imbecile school teacher is telling the boy that “your grades need to be improved. You are failing because you are parting in the night. “

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    On the opposite side, the teacher might have advised the child not to come to school but stay and help the parents, if she had come to know whole story of the life in that Tharavai. Sara Dissanayake need to know why all Sinhala political parties have been facilitating the LTTE rump is their activism from 1948. Sara needs know to when there are more than 100 high profile Sinhala Buddhist criminals(at least 42 war crime ones OISL report and about 34 in PRECIFAC), why the Yahapalanaya government sued only two Tamils, named Mahendran and Aloysius. But it is in Lankawe everybody did know the CB looting was to pay Sirikotha electricity bills.
    Let’s look at “Why the LTTE rump organizations unfaithfully refused reciprocate the favors the Appe Aanduwa did them by delisting.” Sara is white heartedly not suspecting the technology Appe Aanduwa has been using the from Don Stephen time. Don Stephen said to have been giving a cup of coffee to Tamil Leaders and milking not them just out, but through them the entire Tamil race. She is white hearted so she is questioning “Hey LTTE rump your leaders offered to Don Stephen to be milked reciprocating for a cup of coffee, but how come you are refusing to enslave the Tamils further when we de- proscribe you?” Sounds like on honest exasperation, not showing trickiness like Don Stephen. In Disney’s jungle Book, Sahrukh Khan told Mogulli that Mogulli was not running seeing Shahrukh Khan, but it is more interesting for him Mogulli running and then he chases & catches the victim. Shahrukh Khan’s demand to run his perspective victim is a more graceful command than this blatant demand of reciprocating for delisting.
    Does, by any chance Sara knows what UN resolution 1373 is and what organization can be prescribed under that? Does Sara know who are the organizations banned, where they are operating?

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    Does she know what is their status in the countries they are operating and what were the reasons produced to that proscription? Can Sara tell us what Appe Aanduwa achieved by prescribing these organizations? Can Sara tell if the Appe Aanduwa had received any help from the host countries of these operative to arrest them expatriate them from the their countries? Does Sara know why some of the organizations are De-proscribed and others still not? Don Stephen threw cups of coffee to GG, CS and other Tamil leaders and then skinned them. But Sara Dissanayake and Appe Aanduwa is first skiing and demanding the payment for their services provided. Then Sara is consulting Appe Aanduwa by “Colombo’s laid back approach, not be a facilitator to LTTE rump activism”. I do not know if this is this mere biased hate.
    Sinhala Governments has been disenfranchising with Indian Pakistani citizenship act, divide ruling with MMDA, dismissing from jobs with Sinhala only, kicking out of universities with Standardization, Remove the section 29 with 1972 constitution, Burning the properties and chased Tamils out South with annual celebration of pogroms,, Impeaching an Opposition Leader because he was a Tamil, imposed the 6A to stop Tamils from demanding a solution for their systematic rights violation, ……….. wiping out a 150,000 in Mullivaaikkaal, but still they did the most graceful thing in the human history that is they delisted some of the proscribed LTTE rump organizations. But LTTE rump showed the Tamils’ typical cultural nature; they unfaithfully turned their back to Appe Aanduwa. I think if any children are not sleeping late night Sara is good nanny to put them sleep by telling very interesting stories than writing political essays.

    May I know how much of the 9 trillion rupees or $18B is deposited in Irish banks?

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    I wish there were more young academics and intellectuals who engage in independent analysis with a policy-orientation, as does Dr. Dissanayake. She is an example to all well-educated young men and women of Sri Lankan origin.

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      Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

      “She is an example to all well-educated young men and women of Sri Lankan origin.”

      Since she understands the core values of Sinhala/Buddhist fascism and has taken the mantle of being “well-educated young person of Sri Lankan origin” you can now retire from recycling your old garbage.

      Let her re-brand and re package the same old majoritarian garbage and be the proud daughter of her exclusive Fatterland.

      So Dyan its time for you to retire.
      By the way EPRLF is looking for a teacher leader.

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        Dayan She is only suitable to express views to a bigoted sycophantic Sinhala gallery. If she comes out with such rubbish in an intelectual international audience she will be torn into pieces as a lunatic with distorted thought.

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      Dayan, Truely educated young academics will not associate with the corrupted racist fundamentalist people like you Dayan. In the civilised society there is no place for brutal dictatorship who dared to murder his friend for telling truth. Even now if you are an educated person tell us who murdered Lsantha and for what?

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      oh Dayan…..bashing the diaspora is policy-orientation ?

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      We welcome Sara Dissanayake. We are with Thero on that though not in anything else with him. We welcome not just Sara Dissanayake but any youngsters’ endeavor. Further we understand Thero’s convalescence to tail any writer who emits even a faint small ray of Appe Aanduwa servitude. Appe Aanduwa has smuggled in billions out, so it can buy anybody. During the time of Old Royals it spent in million in American PR firms to get into American policy making leadership circle and influence(, just like Russia meddled with the presidential election). Just because rotten Thero attempting to associate with, we cannot consider us as experienced in Sara Dissanayake’s writings. Thero is a failed person who is battered in politics by his masters and battered in writing by academics and common alike for his extreme racism. Thero has to yet to read favorable comment for his political writing from an academician, illiterate, Sinhala Buddhist, Tamil or Muslim or any class of person. Though we cannot support we are sympathetic the suffering Thero displays by the alienation he is experiencing.

      We are not rating Sara Dissanayake based on Thero recommendation. But we yet to have to see journalistic honesty and middle ground of Sara Dissanayake’s in the writing. We will see if it is policy-orientation or propaganda orientation of Appe Aanduwa. Thero cannot fool anybody other than him.

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    Why are people calling Dr Sara a racist I don’t know. She seems to be against LTTE terrorism and separatism, not Tamils as far as I understand.

    Can’t a Sinhalese person write about Tamil politics without being labeled? This is the problem. Any Sinhala person talking about single united state or Tamil politics equals racist. Country can’t progress like this :(

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      MuthalvanJ

      “Country can’t progress like this”

      I agree.
      However the majoritarian death wish cannot be stopped.
      By the did you really read both of her typing?

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        ….both of her “TYPING”
        ha ha NV you hit the nail on the head

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      Sinhala person talking about single united state

      MuthalvanJ

      Are you a Ceylonese? or Lankaweyans(Sinhala Buddist)? or Tamil ? or a paid coolie of Appe Aanduwa, outside of any of these?

      “single united states”? Even SWRD who originally proposed had abandoned it. Read back Sara Dissanayake’s essay. She is not for that! Her terms of reference of the appointment is explore, investigate analyses the methodologies and ways to reinforce the installation Sinhala hegemony on Tamils preserve it, protect it until Buddha fly after 2500 years.
      She sounds like a paid up coolie of Appe Aanduwa. Her writing does not cover a Just Solution to Tamils’ Problem. She consults only to circumvent any open appears to Tamils, close and cement them, just like you like. Very despicable mentality.

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    Sara Dissanayake
    So you wish to look at the “Future Of Tamil Nationalist Politics”
    It is unfair and illiterate to imply that “The Current Political Gridlock” is due to Tamils.
    You warn us that the landslide victory of SLPP (was it really?) could be (mis)interpreted as a specious return of Sinhala ultra-nationalism”.
    The voters listened to the SLPP language/religion-divide slogans. What was this Sara?
    It was the exploitation of the language/religion-divide which set us on a downward spiral. You appear to enjoy the slide.
    Your use of terms like LTTE rump etc. has endeared Dayan Jayatillake. Do you like it?

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    What Rajapakse is stating about Eelam territory being diminished , is the areas where Tamils were forcibly displaced in the last 70 years, especially under his government and Sinhalese settled. Most of these Sinhalese in these recent Sinhalese settlements in the north and east voted for him. These are the beneficiaries of the anti Tamil policies of all Sri Lankan governments since independence and of course it is no surprise that they voted for the biggest Sinhalese racist. What he is stating to the Singhalese is” Look the Eelam map has reduced because of my policies of displacing and chasing out Tamils , hopefully from the island and settling Sinhalese in these lands, as well as in lands forcibly confiscated by the occupying Singhalese armed forces. Now all these Sinhalese are voting for me.” :If you vote for me I will further reduce the Tamil population in the north and east and increase Sinhalese settlement of accelerate it from its present phase under Sirisena and more Sinhalese will be settled in Eelam and Tamil land in Eelam reduced. . This is what he means by Eelam map being reduced . He is openly espousing racism and anti Tamil sentiments , to his racist Sinhalese Buddhist voter base. Eelam is not being reduced but the Tamil population living in Eelam is being reduced and Sinhalese increased and all these Sinhalese settlers being racists themselves, like the vast majority of the Sinhalese , sad to say , are voting for him , as they perceive he is the bigger racist compared to the rest. He has proved his credentials in May 2009 by committing untold war crimes and large scale killings on the Tamils and has managed to get away thanks to certain countries. The Sinhalese are largely a racist people who at any cost want the Tamils damned and eliminated from the island, if there are good Sinhalese , they are in a minority. Opportunistic racist Rajapakse knows this and is making full use of this. This person should be ashamed to promote his racist anti Tamil views.

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    Next time elam war wont last 30 years
    less than 3 years
    only more innocent Tamil Singhalese will be killed who put fuel to feud
    cycle goes on
    it was there 2000 years ago under DUTUGEMUNU/’ELARA era
    it is now matter of managing this problem
    like serbians croatians in Balkans
    north sudanese south sudanese
    moslem hindus in india

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      gajanayake

      “Next time elam war wont last 30 years, less than 3 years”

      Do you think Sri Lanka would last more than 30 days?
      The combined forces fascists and crooks will eat this country in less than 30 years. I suggest you actively look for another planet to happily live ever after.

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    Stop talking of a future Eelam war….
    We together with the catholic & Christian church of the North have destroyed our own Youth and Children.
    For the sake of the future generations of Tamils, lets work together with Majority.

    Diaspora can fund these kids to make them great BUT kindly refrain from indulging in local politics.
    You all have a good time at the expense of our innocent Youth & Children.
    help us to overcome the grief due to this misled movement.

    All I am saying is Lets give Peace a chance by working with the majority & others.

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    If your house stings then you should just shut up and clean it up instead of coming up with a plan to silence your neighbours and make sure they don’t humiliate your pathetic living conditions!

    What a waste to produce a genetically modified new banana, it still stings with the same old disgusting tastes.

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    Eelam is the island of the Sinhalese. Tamil separatists have robbed even the very word used to denote the Sinhalese country, in Tamil language. Is there anyway legally to stop them using the word Eelam to refer to their mono-ethnic imaginary state, because it actually infringes on the rights of the Sinhalese? When they say Tamil Eelam, it translates into “Tamil Sinhala country”.

    The Tamil territory was ALWAYS in south India, with Cape Comorin as the southern boundary. Talking of Tamil territories outside of Tamilnadu (Tamilakam), seriously infringes on other people’s rights.

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    I love to read this writer’s posts. They are sooooo romantic and I feel like I am a teenager once again even though I am in my mid to late 60s.

    I wonder why when we were serving in the army why we did not come across an army doctor like this lady. We would have had a ball, so to speak.

    She looks like a Sinhalese of “mixed heritage” or “racially ambiguous” as they say in the West. But her patriotism is much appreciated.

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    -I respect freedom of speach weather we like it or not is my first remark. It is this fundamental rights we have been fighting for all along then we Sri Lankans should be the ones giving/protecting others too.
    -Some of the terminology/derogative remarks we have said about Sarah in the comment section is totally unacceptable.
    -Every Sri Lankan has the right to speak and today is as good as any other day too.
    -We should have factual response to a particular analysis/presentation?
    -As a reader I should not let the author feel intimidated/threatened for any reason?
    – This will discourage many from coming forward and looking at issues affecting us all? Hence we should encourage and make people welcome to analyse/share thoughts in writing with us all?
    -I know as a Sri Lankan Tamil what freedom means and hence my request to all readers “humble all” with respect for others opinion and thank them for sharing their thoughts?
    -One of the important reason where we are today is we have threatened/stopped people from expressing their views affecting their own life in their our country?? basically everyone has a democratic right to take part and contribute to shape an outcome of their choice? when this was not possible even armed groups fought for the same causes ended up killing each other too?
    -we can not generalise people as each and everyone of us is treated as individuals under law….where I am not responsible for someone else crime?? So Sarah has right to be treated as I awant to be correct?
    -we all know our history and problems and wanted solutions. Well what went wrong is when a particular solution was imposed on others (even onto the same people we set out to protect) has resulted in deaths? this is not limited to the north but happened down south too?

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    Sri Lanka is in total mess due to successive governments hate and chauvinistic policies and use of state forces to commit state terrorism, racial riots, oppression and finally genocide against Tamils.

    Over 30 years of democratic struggle for equality, rule of law, justice and human rights failed and paved the way for LTTE with the help of progressive Indian government under Indra Gandhi in order to mitigate Sinhala racist state terrorism. Later corrupt Indian leaders collaborated to the Sri Lankan regime to commit crimes against humanity against Tamils.

    Tamil’s History is sound and solid that there was never a united Sri Lanka or Ceylon until British merged all nations until 1833. Even the last Kandyan King and Ratwatte signed documents in Tamil and it proves Tamil’s dominance even in Kandy Kingdom!

    Tamil Nationalism is on the rise all over the world, about 100 Million Tamils live in many nations including USA, Australia, Canada, UK, EU, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Re-Union, Mauritius, Guadeloupe especially in Tamil Nadu and Tamils are more united than ever before. In the US, many Tamils origin reached heights and in Singapore, Tamils’ contribution and achievements are unimaginable. Most Sinhalese only live in Sri Lanka, abusive and hateful Buddhist Monks’ political interference and involvement in violence, their racist nature paved the way to destroy vibrant society since independence from the British. Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew has written in his book, “The Hard Truth” about Sri Lanka as one on the racist and mockery nations on earth and Tamils determination in their struggle for independence and sovereignty,

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    Sri Lanka is in total mess due to successive governments hate and chauvinistic policies and use of state forces to commit state terrorism, racial riots, oppression and finally genocide against Tamils.

    Over 30 years of democratic struggle for equality, rule of law, justice and human rights failed and paved the way for LTTE with the help of progressive Indian government under Indra Gandhi in order to mitigate Sinhala racist state terrorism. Later corrupt Indian leaders collaborated to the Sri Lankan regime to commit crimes against humanity against Tamils.

    Tamil’s History is sound and solid that there was never a united Sri Lanka or Ceylon until British merged all nations until 1833. Even the last Kandyan King and Ratwatte signed documents in Tamil and it proves Tamil’s dominance even in Kandy Kingdom!

    Tamil Nationalism is on the rise all over the world, about 100 Million Tamils live in many nations including USA, Australia, Canada, UK, EU, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Re-Union, Mauritius, Guadeloupe especially in Tamil Nadu and Tamils are more united than ever before. In the US, many Tamils origin reached heights and in Singapore, Tamils’ contribution and achievements are unimaginable. Most Sinhalese only live in Sri Lanka, abusive and hateful Buddhist Monks’ political interference and involvement in violence, their racist nature paved the way to destroy vibrant society since independence from the British. Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew has written in his book, “The Hard Truth” about Sri Lanka as one on the racist and mockery nations on earth and Tamils determination in their struggle for independence and sovereignty,

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    Sri Lanka is in total mess due to successive governments hate policies and used of state forces to commit state terrorism, oppression and finally genocide against Tamils.

    Over 30 years of democratic struggle for equality, rule of law, justice and human rights failed and paved the way for LTTE with the help of progressive Indian government under Indra Gandhi in order to mitigate Sinhala racist state terrorism. Later corrupt Indian leaders collaborated to the Sri Lankan regime to commit crimes against humanity against Tamils.

    Tamil’s History is sound and solid that there was never a united Sri Lanka until British merged all nations until 1833. Last Kandyan King signed documents in Tamil that proves Tamil’s dominance even in Kandy Kingdom!

    Tamil Nationalism is on the rise especially in Tamil Nadu and Tamils are more united than ever before. In the US, many Tamils origin reached heights and in Singapore, Tamils’ contribution and achievements Former Singapore PM Lee Kuan Yew has written in his book, “The Hard Truth” about Sri Lanka as one on the mockery nations and Tamils determination for their rights.

    Western and Indian collaborators supported regime change is a disaster as Sinhala mindset is criminal and hateful against Tamils! Most Tamils supported TNA as it was created by the LTTE and after LTTE, TNA leaders become selfish. Hon CV Wigneswaran has become more popular than any TNA leader.

    Eelam is the only solution that will end Sinhala state oppression. Now Western nations have to have a hard look at Sri Lanka as corrupt and alleged war criminals’ party won elections; Now it’s time for Int’l Community to change their action plan to military intervention to bring the perpetrators to accountability as previous 70 years of false promises from Sinhala leaders and their promises are meaningless and worthless!

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      Dear Mr Siva

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I think most of us in Sri Lanka irrespective of our backgrounds understand the identified “problems” we all talk about without any dispute. It is the “solutions” and the “methodologies” we adopted made all the “problems” we had looked so nothing. Any solution by anyone at gun point could never be a solution and can only compound the problem as we have have proven in our country at the expense of so many precious life’s.

      It is also a norm in every per se in any organisation when things are not progressing according to any plan one does “risk analysis” with participation from the respective core of people. We had no risk analysis in our methodology because anyone who wanted to contribute/amend/correct/trouble shoot the critical path was killed too (I make this observation not just for the armed groups(bunch of very young people15+++) but also goes back to the political parties and their intimidatory tactics in attaining the needed mandates too. I could point you to physical change in the degree/scale of the horrors before and after 1977 elections too. There is a distingtive difference in the scale of loss of life specially after the arms struggle stated too. With regard to Indian involvement….I am sorry to say they wold not have accepted any other country taking there children and training /arming and sending them back to solving the million problems India had then and have to date. Indian government also had more issues to settle with JR’s government too from a regional security point of view. The 1977 elections up north and down south were a disaster for our country with regard to “solving” internal problems which has started long before then……going back to organisation analysis

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        going back to the organisation analysis…..a CEO will have to step down and pave way for the new after a complete failure in management…but what happens in our case is the same running the same old vision without considering the risk analysis…..further graving the situation from overseas and domestically. One has to understand after all the loss people have suffered through the “non consented methods at gun point” the population is not ready for any further discussions post war Tired/exhausted/confused/traumatised and easily antagonised. To this sorry state now we have added the “geo political missionaries” too to the equaltion. Look at most of the western countries where some of us reside now went through the same history we all want to eliminate/recent? We are also not applying/considering/making the case for other asian countries lessons learned (not the Indian Model)that could be more appropriate/acceptable to the majority too in a small island nation. It is the “fear and the conditioning of the minds” for a long time (past 40years to say the least) at gun point or being called a traitor or by removing the opponents by killing lost all the opportnities for peace building speacially in an environment where all other asians economies boomed..we missed the boat…. I think my fathers thesis he worked on from 1977-1981…(just before the fatal 1981 Development Election Campaign meeting) titled “Sri Lanka and South Asia Economic Cooperation -A Conceptual and institutional Framework for Accelerated Development” would have been an more appropriate “war on want” solved all our problems…….or may be his first book in 1966 titled “Economical Development of Ceylon” looking at the population growth and landmass could have been the way out a long time ago.

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          Dear Mr. Thiagarajah Venugopal,

          Thanks for your views and 70 Years of state oppression, corruption, crimes against humanity against Tamils by the state cannot be tolerated. Even the new regime is a total disaster as Tamils are subject to inhuman treatment and oppression.

          Rajapakse is in power two terms and his corruption scandal is exposed by the release of Forbes magazine, US and others. Now its time for US authorities (IRS/ FBI) to closely look his family members wealth as well. World is more transparent and all crimes are exposed within seconds in global network to all. Sinhala Buddhist hate crimes has to end and Tamils are determined than ever before to put it.

          After 70 Years of state oppression, genocide, atrocities there is no way Tamils can have confidence in Sinhalese or live with them. Tamils who fled from Sri Lanka are prospering to new heights in many nations while Sinhala politicians destroy Sri Lanka. Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, globally known icon and well respected leader, written strongly and solidly in his book that both Tamils values are different and will never work. Tamils dedication, determination, hard work, history and their values have no match to Sinhalese and both cannot live together.

          Tamils are sick of over 70 years of false promises, committing war crimes, looting Tamils’ properties and its time for Int’l community to have a hard look at it. Former Canadian PM Steven Harper, British David Cameron well understood Sinhala leaders dubious and malicious intentions and openly opposed. Its time for International community military showdown to put an end to Sri Lanka racist forces madness and crimes against humanity and give Tamils the sovereignty that they lost due to colonialism!

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    Dera Mr Siva

    As I said I agree with all the problems you mentioned. However I do not agree with the “solutions” and “methodology”. None of the civilisation that exist today was spared of such horror….yes we could have avoided all this destructions by intelligently avoiding the pit falls but there again we did not………Murphy’s law applies.

    I respect the leaders you have mentioned and their take on the Sri Lankan matter is noted but I will reserve elaboration on their interests/lack of in-depth knowledge for another time.

    All the people who ended up in developed countries from various developing countries have done well and is respected. I know through my personal journey how many who had to go through the transition from “third world mindset to first world mindset” even on some basic law order issues too. Hence it is also our duty to give the same journey/opportunity for a all our fellow countrymen too.

    Therefore if we can unite as diaspora (Sinhalese/Tamils/Muslims etc etc) connect our new generation of overseas born children with Sri Lankan children and vis a vis will resolve the issues very fast. If we can invest in sponsoring Sri Lankan children to study overseas then the money well spent/invested, if we can have student exchange programs overseas vs Sri Lanka where we take into our homes children from opposite communities will build bridges……this apply to low cast children from our communities too as we need to create a country free from race/religion/language/cast/class projudices forever you agree.
    If we can all go back home with the wealth and the knowledge can take ownership of the nation building too……or do assist the nation with much needed engineering study work and project executions working via the respective governments too please.

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    Dear Mr. Thiagarajah Venugopal,
    It is absurd to say Sri Lanka is a small nation as there are several small nations on this planet including Armenia, Kosovo and Tamils had their own kingdoms/nationhood prior to colonialism. About 100 million Tamils live in many nations peacefully and in harmony except in Sri Lanka!

    Oppression is started by the racist, rogue and hateful Sinhala leaders that have to be dealt with forcefully as Sinhalese only understand crimes and violence. Buddhist hate crimes and terrorism was put an end in Japan by nuking by the US. Now many nations understand the dangers of Buddhist hate crimes in Sri Lankan and in Myanmar that to be put to an end in a similar fashion as it is menace to mankind. Rajapakse family wealth may include looted wealth from the Tamils as well!

    If you believe that Tamils living peacefully, there must be a referendum like BREXIT to be held with foreign ground force for Tamils to vote independently. Tamils and Burghers start fleeing Sri Lanka not because of LTTE but due to Sinhala hate crimes and riots in the 1950s. It is now Tamils determination to bring the foreign leaders, International Community on Buddhist hate crimes, origin of Buddhist hate crimes, corruption by leaders and their false, malicious, untrue promises and assurances and their collaboration to hate crimes.

    Thanks to technology and it’s advancement that spread news like wild wife! “Taking tea with torturers by Prof Craig Scott of prestigious Osgoode Law School” and several other (including currently working on) explain how Sinhala regimes corrupted International Community all these years in their favour. No Serial Killer or rapist can continue with their psychopath mindset and Tamils cannot live with these alleged criminals who committed crimes against humanity!

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      Dear Mr Siva thank you once more for sharing. However as I said earlier our “solutions” are an issue for me. I do limit myself to the Sri Lankan Tamils (Citizens of Sri Lanka who speak Tamil) and their problems which itself have very many issues within and not limited to the problems stemming from per se Government policies only. I do not see this as a Sinhala people (mostly all innocent) vs Tamil(mostly all innocent) problem. Basically I am a Sri Lankan who has a Mother tonge Tamil and was affected by the policies brought about by the government and the repeated riots which too was orchestrated/organised with ugliest mindset while the security apparatus stood and watched fellow citizens being savaged/killed in the most horried way. In my neighbourhood in Karainagar alone I had people/my neighbours who worked down south in public and private sector came in body bags too.I also know personally of my friends who were saved by brave Sinhalese families too. To this day I do not generalise and think it was the Sinhalese who did this savagery. By doing this we will generalise all the citizens as one big problem and then there is no right and wrong discussion/corrective measures to be had. The Tamil political response also was incorrect……..it was like one feeding the other went on since 1940’s to this day too. I do not want my thinking to be part of this odious cycles because I do believe this generalisation and collective punishment attitude resulted in very many innocent death of Sri Lankan people ever since….for me is an issue of blind leading the blind thinking they are brave/correct. The consequences are all around us…..we have all now become part of the problem and not the solution. But think of the physical harm to Tamil people of Sri Lanka pre 1977 vs post 1977 to understand the effectiveness of the “solution” we offered….an utter disaster to the entire nation.

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        Thigarajah
        Yours is a very reasonable comment which should engage the attention of both Sinhalese and Tamils. Both groups have responded beyond reason and within civil behaviour norms. If there is an acknowledgment from both sides there could be progress. However when professional politicians get involved the point scoring contest gets accelerated to a point of no return. So that’s where we are now. I ask my Tamil comrades to confine these issues to the North as we in Colombo do not want to get involved in Eelam etc.

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          Dear Mr Coom

          Thank you for your comment. I just want to make an observation regards to a statement you made on “confining these issues”. With all due respect I think the entire nation is one and all should be fully aware of each others problem too? In my study of our history I think most of the Tamils up North also did not know the rural south issues may have been the contributory factor why this whole matter got so out of hand. With electronic media now we should be able to share daily life with each other through out the country was the message. I also think as part of development we all need to be encouraged to travel parts of the island we do not know before and get to know our fellow citizens/and their needs too. A country with 330 miles long and 170 miles wide is just too ideal to feel each others pulse at all times leaving no space for anyone not know what other person suffering is correct and hope you agree? We should send all our Presidential/Prime Ministerial/Cabinet/Provincial Council and Local Government official to all part of the country as a compulsory job scope where they live and feel the respective parts of the country they govern. May be we should include their family too. My Father lived in a small rented room in Colombo without any security, Attended all his duties in a white piece of cotton clothing and slipper, went wound anywhere without escorts, survived the first assassination attempt in 1972 in his room in Colombo to carry on serving his people. Tis just about set the president for a public servant if you ask me. Thank you

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    Dear Mr Siva

    Just some final thoughts

    With regard to a useful investigation we need to cover the whole of the spectrum below “crime investigation pre and post independent Sri Lanka” for this to be any use for our future “bench marking” as a society……

    -Sinhalese militant crime agaInst Sri Lankan people
    -Tamil militan crime against Sri Lankan people
    -Militant crime against in general against Sri Lankan security forces
    -Institutionalise cast/class/religious/political crimes against each other
    -Foreign state intervention assisting to destabilise a country via helping and arming innocent young minds -state sponsors terrorism.
    -Armed forces crime aginst the Sri Lankan people.
    -Expatriate/Diaspora crime in the host countries
    -Colonial crimes for 500 years
    -the Kings crimes
    -Crime against the Veddas who were the aboriginals of the land
    -People who supported the cause from various countries but then none send their children to the front lIne to die is one of the worst crimes I know of in Sri Lanka(so much for the 100million tamils around the world)
    -then an opportunity to return home and contribute to nation building also been bypassed is another responsibility not delivered is a crime too
    -The wealth we own overseas now been diverted to many other countries for investment and not to Sri Lanka is another crime too
    -Exposing her/selling he off to very many geo political agendas of the world compromising her sovereignty is also another crime
    -and many more

    the above impossible scenario was why the Peace and Reconciliation and not retribution is a practical way forward for any divided/confused society. If we can focus on a peaceful habitation free of our past deeds (none of us are angels is the message from the above listings) then a beautiful future awaits us.

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