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Mark My Words The Ides Of March Are Round The Corner

By C.V. Wigneswaran

C.V Wigneswaran

Having been a long standing member of the Judiciary of this Country and as a representative of the Tamils in this august Assembly I am indeed happy to participate in this Budget Debate* discussing the votes of the Ministry of Justice. 

Mr. Speaker, Justice is the one clear expectation of all denizens of this Country today. It is Justice which is intrinsically interwoven with the day to day lives of the Tamils and their future. They are expecting Justice for the innocents who were haphazardly and brutally killed at the tail end of the War. They are expecting Justice regarding those who were enforcedly made to disappear from their midst. Tamil political prisoners have been for long seeking Justice for themselves. Our Muslim brethren are seeking Justice to bury their dead even if one from their community is the Minister of Justice. Our Catholic brethren are seeking Justice for those who were killed in the bomb blast of April 21st 2019. 

Justice and Peace Sir!  are complimentary. If we are to ensure Peace the first step would be to obtain Justice for all those affected in body, mind, intellect and also temporally. Pope Paul said in 1972 as follows (I quote)- “A Peace that is not the result of true respect for Man is not true Peace. A sincere feeling for Man is called Justice.” He further said “If you want Peace work for Justice!” 

Is the present Government interested in working for Peace and therefore Justice? I doubt it. If you had the slightest feeling for your co-citizens you would not expropriate the lands of indigent Tamils as done even today. You would not destroy the archaeological sites and heritage symbols of the Tamils. You would not be gathering and accumulating such large numbers of the Sinhala Military amidst the Tamil speaking denizens of the North and East. If this Government has feelings for the affected and the downtrodden they would not try to grab from them but give them instead help and solace. If this Government has feelings for their fellow human brethren they would treat them with love and respect. But you are interested in grabbing from us our land, our traditional way of life and our freedom. You continue to treat our people as the vanquished not as co-humans in this Isle. None of us have been vanquished. We still carry the torch of freedom in our hearts! 

Speaking of Justice I like to point out that in this Country we appear to be on the side of the wrongdoers rather than the innocents. Have we punished one single person who was involved in the torture, murder, arson and rape committed during the 1956, 1958,1961,1977,1981 and 1983 pogroms? Have we punished one single person involved in the burning of the Jaffna Public Library which housed 97000 rare books and manuscripts? It was the best Library in South East Asia at that time. Have we punished one single person involved in the crimes against the Muslims in recent times? At least has there been an attempt at accountability in these regard? Have we enforced the recommendations of several Reports of Commissioners submitted to the successive Governments? They have all been conveniently shelved! 

Despite a Muslim Minister and a Tamil Minister in authority let us not forget that power is in the hands of the majority community. It is they who decide what is best for us all even in areas where we are in the majority. Since Independence that has been the case. We have no inclusive Justice in Sri Lanka. We have only selective Justice. Now a days it is a Justice selected for the wellbeing of Sinhala Buddhists only.

We have a peculiar political culture growing up here now. Rewards and high Governmental positions are today lavishly distributed only on the basis of how much suffering such individuals have brought to the minorities in this Country. This culture is prevalent in this House too. That is why learned Parliamentarians are today vying with each other to provoke their minority colleagues to shut them up from speaking and bringing out facts about themselves and the Government. 

There is a systemic Racism now being promoted in the Country against the Muslims and the Tamils. Racism has become an ideology. It is now being sowed freely in the far corners of this blessed Isle. Government Departments have been made the instruments to promote such ideology. Parliamentarians behaving indecently in this august Assembly are carriers of this ideology. Even the Press is being made into an instrument to sow the seeds of Racism. Such Racism is not going to take us anywhere. On the contrary this Country is soon going to suffer by such propagation of negative and vituperative ideas and ideology.

I found a phrase in the website of the Justice Ministry. It said “Law reform to respond to the societal needs in keeping with global advancements and the aspirations of the people” was their Vision. Are we really following this Vision? Everything happening in this Island of ours, points to the opposite direction. While the World tries to travel on the path of enhancement of Human Rights, Group Rights of communities, reconciliation, peace and coexistence and laws are accordingly enacted in their Parliaments, what are we doing? The Government is trying to find out ways and means to take away the rights and assets of  its  citizens  belonging  to  particular groups. It is trying to deprive the lands of these particular group citizens and trying to erase evidences of their culture, heritage and way of life. What else is the reason for the Presidential Commissions empowered to deal with the North and the East? Ad hoc Commissions are hurriedly appointed to take over the lands of our community under the pretext of protecting Sinhala Buddhist archaeological remains. Buddhist remains are no doubt there. But the ancient remains are from the time of the Tamil Buddhists – Demala Baudhayos. The Tamils jettisoned Buddhism long before the Sinhala language was born. If you are trying to preserve the remains from the time of the Demala Baudhayos you must have majority Tamil Commissioners in these Commissions. Are you trying to take over lands of the Tamils and give it to the Sinhalese? Is that the purpose of these Commissions? Any steps being taken in the North and East must be with consent and concurrence of the Tamil speaking majority community in the North and East who have continuously occupied those areas for over 3000 years.

Let us not forget the Tamil youth took up arms not against the Sinhalese and their sovereignty. They took up arms because there was danger to their Sovereignty in their areas in the same Country. They wanted to protect their identity. But they were called Terrorists and brutally dealt with getting help from no less than twenty other Countries.

Let us remember it is the sovereignty of the people which is paramount not of the State. That is the International take on this at present. Let us not deceive ourselves that we could take shelter under State sovereignty and destroy the people’s sovereignty. The concept of State sovereignty which prevailed in the 18th century is no more accepted by the International Community. When human rights of people in a Country are violated it is possible to disregard the State sovereignty of that country. This is the modern concept. 

I like to point out the contradiction in the arguments of many a Sinhalese politician. Many of you say that the LTTE used ordinary civilians as human shields and it was the Government Forces which saved the people. Hence you say no war crimes were perpetrated but you did humanitarian service! If so it is the people who should say so, now that the LTTE is no more. On the contrary our people say you had brutally killed their kith and kin. If you had actually saved our people our grateful people should have voted for you in all the elections after 2009. But how come the people whom you identify as those who were used as human shield and whom you saved have been voting for the TNA whom you call even today as an LTTE proxy? How come in the very first Northern Provincial Council Election in 2013 our people gave me over 133000 votes, a record amount for the Northern Province? And I was absolutely new to politics! 

If the Government is telling the truth about LTTE using our people as human shield and it was the State Forces which saved them why is the State so scared of an International Inquiry? Surely if what you say is true that should be brought out at an International Inquiry and you should be cleared of all criticism. You would then be able to walk with your chin up among the world fora if your statement is proved right internationally.

But the truth is otherwise. That is why you are scared to face any International Inquiry. Your reluctance to face the International Community and desire to run behind China shows that war crimes were committed, crimes against humanity were committed and genocide was committed by your Forces.

We are going to face the UN again in March next year. Please remember there is a limit to the tolerance of the International Community. Mark my words the Ides of March are round the corner. There would be little chance of escape.

But there is a way out. The Government wants to bring in a new Constitution. Prepare and pass a Federal or quasi Federal or Confederal Constitution in order that all communities in this blessed Island of ours would live in equality, unity, freedom and cooperation. Only your Government could do it. Let the Rajapaksa family ensure true devolution for the North Eastern Tamils and Muslims and also enable the Up Country Tamils too to live in equality and amity among the majority community. 

If you fail you would be dragged into International Capital Cities the world over for discussions as it happened during the war. I beg of this Government not to polarize the ethnic differences sharply and open the way for International Power Blocs to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka if they have not already done so now. I thank you.                                                                         

*Budget Debate – Justice Ministry votes – on  9th December, 2020- speech made by Justice C.V. Wigneswaran

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    It is not the race or religion. It is against who were/are against the country or who were/are personal enemies of the rulers. In 1971 and 1989, JVPers and large number of innocent people suffered (except in the North) and it was same for the LTTErs and innocents (mainly in the North and East). Wigneswarans are relishing the mistakes of their own and others while trying to lead the next generations too in the path they followed.

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      CVW was part of the Sinhala ruled judiciary.

      I can’t understand how that was so good. Only those who are subservient to Sinhala superiority are in it. A shameful judiciary.

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      Mark My Words? You better mark your age now? In another 5 years you will die and even Raja-Virodhi Sambandan also, same as how Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi died. You also die without gaining anything also. We all know that even the whole world knows there is no nation for more than 78 million Tamils in this universe. When is Tamil Nadu becoming the Tamil nation of this world? Kamala Harris can make?

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        N. Perera the racist, why do you always talk about Tamil this and Tamil that, why don’t you arrest and charge Karuna amman and Pillayan, two of the most dangerous serial killers of the LTTE, who are currently sitting in Colombo bum sucking the Rajapaksas, your criminal heroes? Until such time, shut up.

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          This man also another dead dog, Prabakaran number one human butcher, he the one who killed Tamil Politicians also. He the man who killed Indian Priminister and Sinhalese Ariyan President also. We all know LTTE now dead dogs

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          Racists are better than Terrorists. Racists are harmless. Terrorists and human butchers

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      This we warned enough with the dawn of Rajapakshe Junta Regime2.. but yet today people would nt show enough agony on any of the immoral acts being done by the criminals in leadership. People at large behave like ultra slaves.. on one hand they may be innocent. World is watching how helpless they become today in Covid limitations but dont seem to be using head. This is a start of

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        An end . Those who know the situation predict no more loans can be me with prevailing problems with srilanken state and its inability all global ranking scale s have warned it enough. But modayas make Hopes.😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

  • 19
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    Something funny about the phrase “Ides of March are round the corner”.
    To start with ides of march is just one day (74th day in the Roman calendar, falling on 15th March), singular not plural.
    It last rounded the corned 9 months ago and we have to wait 3 months for the next rounding.
    Shakespeare put the words “Beware the ides of March” into the mouth of a soothsayer in his “Julius Caesar”. The Ides of March didn’t signify anything special in itself. In Shakespeare’s time that was a way of saying March 15th.
    So nothing will happen, despite CVW’s soothsaying.
    *
    “Let us not forget the Tamil youth took up arms not against the Sinhalese and their sovereignty.”
    Did even VP ever say that the LTTE is fighting the Sinhalese?
    *
    “Despite a Muslim Minister and a Tamil Minister in authority let us not forget that power is in the hands of the majority community. It is they who decide what is best for us all even in areas where we are in the majority.”
    Really? Do the majority of the Sinhalese have a say in the way the country is run?

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      SJ,

      Q
      “Despite a Muslim Minister and a Tamil Minister in authority let us not forget that power is in the hands of the majority community. It is they who decide what is best for us all even in areas where we are in the majority.”
      Really? Do the majority of the Sinhalese have a say in the way the country is run?
      Uq

      Majority of sinhalese are made fools for their political survival. Or they are born fools since this is not overlooked under Junta Regime 1 from 2005 – 2015.

      Good governance ended up being rejected, because average mind set would not welcome it. They dont care about good systems being implemented but they expect live the lives as RAJAPAKSHES rascals would do. Opinion polls would clear the doubts if anyone would feel other way around. Myths and untruths are pouring today with many other countries make adjustments to heal their nations with a vaccine, But our men make no effort in tha tline. How come a nation stay that stupid supporting the rascals further. I think if some far poor african nations could do it, why not srilanka do the little regarding purchase of a vaccine giving a hope for the nation .Instead what they are doing is similar to what they did at the time Malayria hit the country in few decades ago.

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        Majority of all nationalists are made fools of by their leaders.
        Do you endorse the view that “…power is in the hands of the majority community. It is they who decide what is best for us all even in areas where we are in the majority.”
        That CVW trying to mislead the Tamils is the only point that I made.
        LM, do you agree or not?

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      S.J. “Do the majority of the Sinhalese have a say in the way the country is run?”

      Even if they don’t have a say in this matter, it does not affect them greatly. Most things are already geared to their needs so they are not subject to too many disabilities. That, however, is not the case where the minorities are concerned.

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        CM
        The point is that things are done in their name but without their having a say.
        CVW is deliberately trying to mislead the Tamils.
        *
        ps.
        Are things geared to the needs of the average Sinhalese citizen?
        Take a peek outside your tinted glasses.

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      You seem to predict that the death of Justice Wigneswaran and Sampanthan. Does that mean they should be traitors to the Tamil community who elected them. Of course, Sampanathan together with Sumanthiran had done enough damage to the Tamils during their association with Yahapalanaya government and learnt partial lessons in the elections. It appears that you are going to live for ever see the demise of the Tamils?
      Karunanithy died at the age of 95. I hold no brief for him. If he was a sincere leader for the Tamils the Tamils won’t be in this plight today.
      The universe has not come to and end .With the passage of time things WILL change better for the Tamils and perhaps you may commit suicide as yo consider self to be immortal? it appears.
      LONG LIVE N. PERERA

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      SJ
      Are you MAD to ask
      “Really? Do the majority of the Sinhalese have a say in the way the country is run?”
      Who voted for the present government in such LARGE numbers??
      Do you think the Chinese labourers ??
      Get real MAN.

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        So you seriously think that the majority of the Sinhalese have a say in the way the country is run.
        I thought that you were slightly more intelligent than to say that.
        *
        There is a big difference between voting someone to rule a country and deciding how the country is ruled.

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    If the UNHRC does not deliver the goods in March 2021, Tamils all over the world will spit on it.
    P.S. Actually, I can express myself much more forcefully but will refrain from doing so for several reasons.

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      As if it matters!

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    yes Humpty dumpty – its December now and March is around the corner.

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    Prabhakaran: Enna Annai … What’s going on in our OOR? I’m so confused. It’s all very chaotic.
    .
    Amirthalingam: I agree Thamby. You know … we tried to cajole the Sinhalese with parliamentary democracy to win our rights. It didn’t work. Then you unleashed your fireworks. You didn’t even spare me. Oh no … I’m not supposed to mention that.
    .
    Prabhakaran: Yes, you’re not even supposed to remember that. Anyway … Go on.
    .
    Amirthalingam: You scared the hell out of the Sinhalese with your terror … … I mean your valour. But that also didn’t work. So now it seems a new strategy is being used to win the Tamil rights.
    .
    Prabhakaran: What is that?
    .
    Amirthalingam: There are these two fellows … Hoole and Wigneswaran. I think they’re trying to win the rights of our people by driving the Sinhalese insane.

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      Ajay!
      The Sinhalese are already insane, with their attitude towards the Tamils All what both are trying to do is brig sanity to the Sinhalese. I wonder whether they will be successful?

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    You get ready with the list of the names of the 150,000 or whatever number of Tamils you mean that were “brutally killed at the tail end of the War” , because your absurd and hateful numbers game and the baseless allegations of genocide are all without any backing of data of actual people – you are just throwing numbers and having a huge anti-Sinhalese disinformation and defamation propaganda campaign is all what has happened upto now. Nothing else has happened. Give us the list of the names of the people who have been so-called genocided, then, and then only can you have any validity for your genocide allegation. If you do not have that list that means you are just levelling false allegations of genocide. This anti-Sinhalese propaganda campaign of you Tamils, amounts to crimes against humanity committed on the innocent Sinhalese people.

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    “The Ides Of March Are Round The Corner”
    This is wasted on majority of the Sri Lankan parliamentarians ….

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      Rajash, you are right. According to them, it was Antonio who stabbed Julius Caesar.

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    Mr.VICKEY,SUMANTHIRAN,GAJENDRAKUAMR and all other tamil MPS who are not supportive of this so called government you all are sadly mistaken if you feel and think that some of these full ministers and half ministers are always disturbing and baking like dogs in parliament when you all get up to speak love their singala budist country and taditions.these guys are trying their best and competing with each other to keep intact or TO GET a more power full ministry and in order to please and draw the attention of their semi GOD GOTAPAYA TO FILL THEIR POCKETS.ONE EXAMPLE NOW IS ADMIRAL SARATH WEERAYA WHO SHOUTED AND MADE A BIG NOISE AGAINST TAMILS AND MUSLIMS BECAME A FULL MINISTER IN NO TIME.so learn to live this great singala open mouth idiots.

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    In the face of mounting sociopolitical adversity intimidating the Tamil-speaking people -and, even in the midst of a cacophony of howling and shouting from several M.P.s representing the SB lumpen mob, it is really redeeming to hear the reasoned and well-articulated speeches of Tamil M.P.s in Parliament- C.V. Wigneswaran, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Rasamanickam Chanakkian and M.A. Sumanthiran. Good show, guys.

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      Good show, yes. But these Tamil Parliamentarians just went dead silent when their National Leader was running his little fascist enclave in the northeast. He also had a bad habit of not allowing Tamil people to exercise their democratic rights. Sometimes he ordered them to totally boycott the elections or get their fingers sliced-off. When he did allow them to participate, they had to vote only for those he endorsed. Tamil MPs, if they spoke at all in parliament, had to weigh carefully every word they uttered, if they wanted to avoid getting shot as ‘traitors.’ Isn’t it funny he was the one who denied freedom of speech to Tamils in parliament and not the “SB lumpen mob.” Now that Prabhakaran is out of the scene, Tamil MPs are competing with each other to show off their oratorical skills. Thanks to the Rajapaksas, even the former agent provocateur of Prabhakaran, Selvarajah Gajendran, is adding his own two cents’ worth to this ‘sacred’ ritual of democracy. But remember, it is fellows like him who once denied Tamil people their freedom of expression – even the freedom to cry over the brutal killing of Amirthalingam. Now he is free to wax eloquent about Maveerar Day in the SB dominated parliament. Something is amiss.

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        When there is a war to reach the goal, democracy is sidelined.

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    “If this Government has feelings for their fellow human brethren they would treat them with love and respect.”

    It is not the Government that do not treat Tamils with love and respect but Vellala Tamils. Vellala Tamils do not treat their own people who are considered as low caste (Dalits) with love and respect. If they respect their own people how come Vellala Tamils in Yapanaya do not allow low caste Tamils to drink water from their wells?
    ===
    “Let the Rajapaksa family ensure true devolution for the North Eastern Tamils and Muslims”

    If Vellala Tamils treat low caste Tamils with love and respect why they told the Sub-Committee on Power Sharing not to give Land and Police Powers to NPC?

  • 18
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    For some time now there are lot more info keep coming from reliable sources that Ali Sabry s move to WORLD trade centre is a gift from incumbent president. President is reported to owe much to AS. In the same time, former minister who was then attacked to have paid millions for nothing , stays mum as if he is fed with clay. . How would these buggers face their own children ?

    Why do people stay mum yet today while so called people s president acts as if he is reborn today. We thought Polonnaruwe Donkey was the biggest curse in srilanken politics, but very same people are dead silent today.
    :
    If anyone with some sanity watched the manner how innocient people are being misled by illegal drinks (Wedamahaththaya s pani beema)

  • 18
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    Sri Lanka is a God’s gift to mankind. In trying to deny our rights, the average Sinhalese are denying themselves the fruits of a paradise on earth.

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      Nathan
      What percentage of ‘Tamils’ are demanding ‘rights’ ?

      Soma

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      Nathan.
      Don’t talk bullshit
      Tamils have all the rights as any other Sri Lankan.
      Thank You

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    Whatever ‘Andara Demala’ Wigneswaran talk, until British changed the name of this country to ‘Ceylon’ this country was called ‘Sinhale’, the country of people who speak Sinhala language. Brits changed the name not because their tongues got twisted when they had to call ‘Sinhale’ but to please Vellala Tamils who teamed up with them to oppress Native Sinhalayo who wanted to erase the ‘Sinhala Identity’.
    Sinhalayo shed their blood and sacrificed their lives to protect this country from Dravida invaders who invaded this country 52 times starting from 3rd Century BC.
    Sinhalayo shed their blood and sacrificed their lives to liberate their country from colonial rulers.
    Sinhalayo shed their blood and sacrificed their lives against separatist Tamils who wanted to grab part of this country to create a separate State.
    If Sinhalayo hand over part of their country to a community consist of the descendants of people who came from a foreign country and settled down in this country and have cooked up a bogus claim ‘Traditional Homeland’ they are doing a great injustice to those Sinhalayo who shed their blood and sacrificed their lives to safeguard territorial integrity of the country. So do not expect Federal or quasi Federal or Confederal Constitution.

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    Hon. C.V Wigneswaran,
    You say ‘There is a systemic Racism now being promoted in the Country against the Muslims and the Tamils. Racism has become an ideology’.
    May I ask you to elaborate on this statement and provide evidence to support the assertion that the Sri Lankan government has legislative instruments and policy actions that discriminate against the Tamils?
    Discourses on how Tamil culture has been dominant all over the country (your previous article where you noted Sinhala prakrit and Devanam Piyatheesan) or the characterisation of ‘Mahavansa’ as an erroneous record are of absolutely no relevance to modern Sri Lanka.
    Further, if what you note is true, then Sinhalese and Tamils are one race and hence all the more reason to live in harmony.

    Your veiled threats of international actions (Ides of March – alludes to settling all debts Sinhalese have to Tamils because of persistent discrimination) would eventually lead to the hardening of the attitudes of the Sinhalese. Such hardening of attitudes, over time, would be reflected by the composition of a government where a national conversations may become even more difficult.

    This is not intended to support the present government.

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      The only lasting and long term solution is to split the island into 3 independent nations of Sinhala Only Elam, Tamil Elam and Muslim Elam. If Muslims want to be part of either, they can join them. Relocate just 10% of the people within the island (less than 400km) and we have a solution.

      Until then racism, discrimination, riots, hate speech, genocide, colonization, war crimes, suicide bombings, terrorism, high population density in Sinhala Only Elam, destruction of water catchments in Sinhala Only Elam, etc. will continue.

      A peaceful and equitable split of the island is what is needed. Foolish Buddhists only value the symbolism of Nagadeepa for Buddha’s visit but they forget His sermon. Give up territory, give up the crown if it gives you peace!

      The ball is in the court of greedy Tamils and greedy Sinhalese who want the entire island to live in. Be reasonable. Give up what is not equitably yours and you will be very prosperous and peaceful.

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        GATAM
        ” If Muslims want to be part of either, they can join them”
        .
        This is a ploy to avoid relocation by crafty Muslims.
        NO, Muslims are NOT welcome to join the Sinhala side. They must move out from Sinhala majority areas.
        For their own good.
        This is what you said on the 7th, November:
        /
        GATAM / November 7, 2020
        Sri Lankan Buddhists are the most intolerant, superstitious, jealous and naive people I have ever met across 34 countries I traveled. They would worship any tree, clay thing, alien or politician for benefit. World Buddhists must steer clear of this intolerant tribe.
        /
        Muslims are the lowliest creatures in the world.
        Parasites.
        Sinhalese would rather join with Hindu/Christian Tamils than with Islamic Tamils.
        .
        Your turn to comment.

        Soma

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      “Further, if what you note is true, then Sinhalese and Tamils are one race and hence all the more reason to live in harmony.”
      .
      Pricisely

      Soma

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      SA
      He is playing to a gallery that you are not part of.
      His understanding of history, language and archaeology are pathetic; and only some deluded Tamil nationalists take those views seriously.
      His purpose is to provoke.

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        CV may be he is playing to gallery; but without doubt you play to elite’s balcony. That is why you sit at the end of the hall during he meeting and shout loud? So your attempts are only to please and cool all, but not to provoke any? (Are you stressing one more time that you are a hypocritical liar?)

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        SA
        Thanks.
        I took the bait for the second time!!

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        SJ
        So you are an expert in mind reading. Taught by your Chinese Masters!!!
        Who gave world a NICE package last year!!!

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          U
          Call it anything.
          CVW is not factual.
          That he is saying things to provoke is not just my observation. Quite a few can claim credit for saying it before me.
          *
          BTW,
          The CNN has reported that the virus was already in the US before it was found in Wuhan.
          “The novel coronavirus may have infected people in the United States as early as Dec. 13, 2019, according to a study published Monday in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.”
          [https://edition.cnn.com/world/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-12-01-20-intl/h_5e4e8b4b5f8f0b44c5286c5f05b483bb]
          *
          Will it be Uncle Sam’s gift now?
          Have fun.

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      “This is not intended to Support the present Government”? As far as the Tamils are concerned neither the present government nor the previous governments ever supported the Tamils. But the Tamils supported various Sinhala governments and never learnt a lesson. Commencing from DS Senanayake. The irony of it is the TNA supported the Yahapalanaya, knowing very well the combination of Ranil and Srisena was most dangerous. Snakes under the grass.

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    Prasanna Ranatunga says “Tamils need only three time meals. “

    I like to hear an opinion on this from those who insist “TRO now” to save the Royals from international Human Right and Humanitarian laws, and never international Inquiry, because it all are past.

    (I know that Tamils are the poorest ethnicity in Ceylon, and North is poorest and East is standing as next province on that. Other than that, is there anybody have a statistics of how many Sinhalese are delivered three times meals by Prasanna and how many Sinhalese are not getting the arrack and Biriyani?)

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    CV used the word international ten times .
    he is still living in international oblivion

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      R
      I am inclined to agree, but I also know that he is playing a game knowing well that the International Community will do nothing.
      The others too are at the same game for they too have nothing to offer to the Tamils.

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        Tamils are waiting for your generous offer. As, you right or wrong, you never had a constructive thought, why don’t sell you comrade Ferryman’s TRO to Tamils. Royals will be saved. Thalatha said because of her legal system, now Royals are ruling. Even if you hearten only to less than two cents, what is the hold up to throw it? You won’t release even that?

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    Mr.C.V.Wigneswaran is far-sighted. This does not mean he is a racist. He speaks of what is going to happen in this country at the rate the present Government is in a hurry to implement their racist policy by way acquiring all the lands that belonged to the Tamils on various pretexts and dances to the tune of China for its assistance. Rajapaksas had deceived the people to support the 20th Amendment for implementing their evil agendas. Gotabhaya is not a benevolent dictator and failed to kept his pledges. It is history how Julius Caesar and Stalin of Russia met their fate. There are some more incidents in history. It is disappointing that members of the Government alleges racism on the Tamils when they themselves are adopting racist policies and misleading the international community with a calculated and systematic measures such as adopting a new Constitution is been from to accommodate provisions more than what was in the 13th Amendment. As I see it is the Buddhist monks and the Armed Security Forces which will turn against the Rajapaksas in the near future. To date the Government had not given any valid reason to appear before the International inquiry. It won’t be a surprise if the government now say that there are no political prisoners in the prisons.

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    What Wingeshwaran and Hoole say these days must be translated into Tamil language and distributed among the Tamils living in Sinhala majority provinces at our cost.
    If that creates a tendency among the Tamils to leave these areas and resettle in Jaffna the government must understand that the time has come for serious consideration of their demands.
    Until such time leave the papers on the PENDING tray.

    Wingeshwaran has given those Tamils a deadline to move till next March.
    .
    Hoole is promoting trade sanctions to starve the civil population.
    Tamils in Sinhala majority provinces will have to share the depleting food stocks with the Sinhalese. It is safer to move out as those who move to Jaffna will get parrippu from air.

    Soma

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    We empathize with Tamil grieving however it is sad because the Tamils have got selective amnesia when it comes to Sinhala and Muslim grieving and they have no sympathy or empathy whatsoever for the thousands of innocent non-Tamils killed by the LTTE with the blessings of the Tamil Diaspora.

    There will be no reconciliation until all parties concerned acknowledge the injustices that were committed in the name of Self-Determination Vs the Unitary State.

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    The speeches of Tamil MPs in Parliament are taken seriously only when they are delivered in English or Sinhala. Whatever they may say in parliament in Tamil carries no political impact at all as 80% of the MPs and 80% of the population cannot understand what they are talking about. The instant translation facility in parliament is not really effective. Therefore, I suggest that in the future Tamil voters should only send those Tamil candidates who are proficient in English and/or Sinhala to the parliament. It is useless speaking in Tamil in parliament – one might as well speak in Greek!

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      CM
      All speeches are translated live in Parliament.

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        “The instant translation facility in parliament is not really effective.
        Could you be helped by instant translation? பாராளுமன்ற உடனடிமொழிபெயர்ப்பு வசதி தார்ப்பரியமற்றதாக இருக்கிறது.

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        That is why in Malaysia…Malay language is an official language for all the Malaysian citizens…………Malay, Chinese, Indians, Ceylonese….others etc. People framed then when they had to do the same then….wanting English…English etc….without appreciating the Majority who had no English education…………nwo all are jelled and connected through Malay language.

        There are Chinese and Tamil schooling system available should anyone wish to pursue.

        Now all are reaping the benefit.

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          Now they are brining English to all the masses as people are better foundation for “all” that they did not have this then………remember Malaysia Malaysia Independence was in 1958……..and they even had riots there after. They had no parties who spoke about it to make a living 24/7/365 like FP did to dig us the graves?? Instead they focused on being tolerant to each other to get here as a Nation.

          They had National Security Act that made anyone who will openly discuss politics too much and the media new where to draw lines/cemsored……unlike Suthenthiran and FP freely went around to hate monger non factual things into peoples head and used Suthenthiran news media for all the lies. Openly went on public stages (even when they were not elected) and ask the children to kill their opponents.

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      Captain Morgan – “The speeches of Tamil MPs in Parliament are taken seriously only when they are delivered in English or Sinhala”

      whether it s delivered in Tamil or English or Sinhala it doesn’t matter.

      The arguments and oratory of the Tamil MPs are so powerful it sends majority of the Sinhala politicians reeling with their head spinning . It is indeed Greek to them!!

      The majority of the Sinhala politicians only know Sinhala filth and they keep interrupting by screaming in Sinhala filth. Their vocabulary is limited to Gota Sir , Mahinda Sir, Namal Sir and Prabhakaran and LTTE

      They also have a stock pile of chilli powder and chili water with the permission of the PM tucked away in the parliament locker as a last resort.! if their screaming doesn’t work create a commotion and throw chilli powder

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    “Mark my words the Ides of March are round the corner”………I thought we have been living through this ever since FP and then TULF was formed lost all we had to become the toilet washers of the world.

    “If you fail you would be dragged into International Capital Cities the world over for discussions as it happened during the war. I beg of this Government not to polarize the ethnic differences sharply and open the way for International Power Blocs to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka if they have not already done so now. I thank you”……………this man did this to an elected GOSL on the floor has now challenged/insulted the entire SL folks during a Budget Debate???

    Helpless man sitting in Colombo and Jaffna and screaming for help??????????? anyone seen any progress report/action list of an MP for Jaffna??????

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    Lankans can identify race and religious discrimination, thousands of miles away, but are blind to what takes place in their own backyard. Its not new. They saw Covid the same way until few months ago. Today GMOA claims we have a community infection. In land like no other, “all the people can be fooled all the time”.

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    Eagle shit,
    Your quote “Let the Rajapaksa family ensure true devolution for the North Eastern Tamils and Muslims”. Dumbo this what we have been asking/begging/fighting for decades. Would you pls tell your thug/rowdy/corrupt masters this Quote?

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      “this what we have been asking/begging”

      Will you stop begging once devolution is given?

      If yes, then giving it is cooking the goose. Sinhala politicians would rather have Tamils always beg.

      If no, (you will continue to ask and beg more things) then giving it will be worse.

      Either way devolution will not be given by the chauvinistic rulers. Foolish to think they will give anything they failed to give for 72 years!!

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        GATAM,
        Sinhalayo have given many things to Tamils and Muslims. The problem with Tamils and Muslims is when Sinhalayo give ‘ONE INCH’ they want to take ‘ONE YARD’. After Sinhalayo gave citizenship to these immigrants to Sinhale, Tamils started to demand a separate State and Muslims want to convert this country to a Caliphate.

        “Foolish to think they will give anything they failed to give for 72 years!!”

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      Velu,
      Who are ‘WE’? Do you mean Malabar Vellala elite Tamil politicians who live among Sinhalayo in Colombo and Tamil Diaspora who live in Greener Pastures.
      The ordinary Tamil folks who belong to low caste and oppressed by Vellala Tamils told the Sub-Committee on Power Sharing not to give Land and Police Powers to NPC because they know very well how Vellala Tamils who decide the fate of Dalits from womb to tomb will use that to further oppress Dalits.

      “Dumbo this what we have been asking/begging/fighting for decades.”

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        Eagle,

        “The ordinary Tamil folks who belong to low caste and oppressed by Vellala Tamils told the Sub-Committee on Power Sharing not to give Land and Police Powers to NPC because they know very well how Vellala Tamils who decide the fate of Dalits from womb to tomb will use that to further oppress Dalits.”

        Few years ago the Army head in Killinochchi told me about similar stories. We
        should use these divisions to further our interests.

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    “IMF bailout inevitable for Lanka” says Citi Bank. All credit rating agencies are planning to downgrade Lankan debt bonds to JUNK , early next year. Welcome to prosperous and splendour nation.

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    Lankans for years presented family dynasties as democrazy, year after year staged govt sponsored pogroms and told the world “we are peace loving Buddhist Country”, end of a protracted bloody war thousands lost and disappeared claimed “zero casualty”, amidst wide spread community infection boasted to have eradicated pandemic, will soon learn to live with hunger and poverty and yet claim to be prosperous and splendor. Only in land like no other, “all the people can be fooled all the time”. A real “Fools Paradise” turning into next North Korea, where hungry starving people are ordered to celebrate splendour and prosperity, which they never had. Lets see , our Lankans are upto the challenge.

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    SJ
    So you are an expert in mind reading. Taught by your Chinese Masters!!!
    Who gave world a NICE package last year!!!

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      See earlier response

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        SJ
        As agent of China you have ignored the important news broadcast by CNN the same day https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/21/health/wuhan-coronavirus-first-us-case-cdc-bn/index.html

        (CNN)The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The coronavirus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia.

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          I do not know whose agent you are, and that does not bother me either, as it is immaterial to the discussion of factual information.
          Let us compare the stories.
          One relates to the first case infected in Wuhan and arriving on 15 January.
          The other says “Coronavirus could have been spreading in US as early as mid-December 2019” based on clinical data.
          (Of the samples tested, at least 106 were found to have antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, including ones collected from California, Oregon and Washington from Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, 2019.)
          *
          In case you have difficulty with plain reasoning:
          The stories complement each other to say that although an American was infected in Wuhan sometime in January, the virus appears to have been around in the US even before it was detected in China.
          *
          Now, let us honestly examine where it could have originated?

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            sj
            for your information, not that you don’t have it, I give you the time line as accepted by world over.
            Timeline
            Prior to January 1
            See also: Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2019
            By late November 2019, coronavirus disease 2019 had broken out in Wuhan, China.[2] Antibodies directed against the disease were present in American Red Cross blood samples from California, Oregon, and Washington dating to as early as mid-December 2019; this was reported in a November 2020 study published by Clinical Infectious Diseases.[3]

            On December 31, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became aware of cases in China and began developing reports for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on January 1.[4][5]
            The first recorded U.S. case of the new virus was also reported on January 20, in an American citizen traveling from Wuhan, China, to his home in Washington state.[

            As you can see the first case in Wuhan, China. And that is why it was referred as WUHAN virus.

            TAKE YOUR PICK.

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              That COVID-19 was identified in a larage number of cases by mid-December implies that the virus was widespread in the US.
              The first identified/traced case thus far could be in Wuhan, but new evidence throws cold water on the claim on the genesis of the infection.
              To claim that the US had an exponential spread staring with a single infected person is rather weak.
              *
              The question remains as to from whom the 106 cases with antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, including ones collected from such a wide spatial spread as California, Oregon and Washington (from Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, 2019) get the infection.
              Human to human transmission is not instantaneous, and the time scale is long for large spatial separation.
              Let us await the answers.
              *
              The Chinese information to the WHO was taken seriously by several East Asian countries (and even Kerala) to successfully contain the “first wave”.
              If any is responsible for the rapid spread of the virus it is governments that took the matter lightly.
              Even Trump had to stop calling it the China virus and give up on his demand that China should compensate.
              *
              Whose “gift” COVID-19 is is for the people of affected countries to judge. Increasingly fingers are pointing away from Wuhan.

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              BTW
              I am sorry that I forgot to thank U for conceding by his silence the key issues of the ignorance of CVW in important subject areas and the suggestion that he was attempting to provoke.
              Better late than never I suppose.

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      Umberto,
      ” Who gave world a NICE package last year!!! “

      Best is yet to come. Unless world get together and end Chinese communism like Russian communism was ended, a lot will be coming soon one after other. Soon the Sinhala Only will be Chinese ONLY.

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    Dear CT and her readers

    I want to wish you all the best of festive wishes.

    I hope I have helped you all to be simulated/stimulated and made some record breaking exchanges/shoot outs and some very pleasant ones too thank you.

    I think SJ should run a fact checking agency and hope he will continue to help the CT discussions in his own wonderful ways.

    Take care and all the best in all ventures as I have greatly benefitted from your openness in sharing.

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    The weaponizing of ethnic and religious identity politics and conflicts in the post/colonial period and the violence in Sri Lanka was orchestrated by external parties – staged like the Easter Sunday 2019 attacks by – US and UK during the Cold War. years. Please read he book Jakarta Method about how the US and UK sabotaged anti-colonial liberation and socialist and communist movements in the Global South. Sri Lanka was also played by Keenie Meenie KMS UK defense contractors who set up the STF to attack Tamils.
    Divide and Rule continued even after independence – the British wanted to keep their plantations and military bases- port and airports in Sri Lanka to fight Russia.
    India’s RAW and IB were also weaponizing ethnic conflict to distract South Indian Dravida Nationalists.WIggie keeps going round and round in circles, rather than looking at the big picture and recognizing that his foreign backers were the master-minds behind a lot of the post/colonial violence in Sri Lanka.SWRD Banda’s assassination by a Buddhist monk so called is a great example just after the US ambassador visited.. SWRD had nationalized the ports and airports of Ceylon and got rid of the Brits. who then went to Chagos Islands and chased out all the people and built the US military Base Diego Garcia.

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      D
      “India’s RAW and IB were also weaponizing ethnic conflict to distract South Indian Dravida Nationalists.”
      That is a little far fetched.
      Dravidian secession was dead duck by the late 1950’s with only one Party plugging for it and that too gave up at the first possible opportunity in 1963.
      The Tamil separatists of Tamilnadu are a political nonentity. RAW & IB would only have given them undeserved publicity by paying attention to them.
      *
      “…the British wanted to keep their plantations and military bases- port and airports in Sri Lanka to fight Russia.”
      Russia did not have even a warship or military aircraft in the region at the time.
      *
      I do not question that SWRDB did much to relieve the country of its colonial burden on various fronts.
      But it was his own folly of promoting extremists that was his undoing– including his killing, which a bears some similarity to that of Indira Gandhi.

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        S.J,
        Lady D is known to be cavalier with history and is free with jargon and conspiracy theories. “Farfetched” is rather mild.

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          I think you would have noted who takes ” Dinku” seriously.

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          OC
          True.
          I fear that I am mellowing with advancing age.
          Also I think that the classic English understatement can carry more punch than hard hitting responses.

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    Dear Dinku
    Thank you so much for a wonerful summary of our misery since the so called Independence.
    Try to get that into the heads of Sri Lankans “connived” then during the Colonial times with the “others” HISTORICALLY have continue to connive with whatever came their way ever since…common denominator in all these where I come from is called FP/TULF……..all others are just victims including the LTTE. I am not sure how the JVP also console themselves having traumatised us all in the same process.
    Hope the new year will bring some sense into all of us to care for each other not just limited to sectarian politics in SL but also to unit the world where we take care of all the children of our planet without prejudice.
    Native Veda, Umberto, GS, PK will report back to us once the Sri Lankan refugees are all granted Citizenship in India once the laws are amended……..95000 of them according to the Minister as kindly shared by OC. Most of them must have been born in India by now. CT never had series of articles on this subject ever since the war was completed with the participation of all the International players (sad the GOSL Soldier has to take the blame) is observed with shock.

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      Not a single FP/TULF/TNA MP’s and NPC wrote articles on this basic human right abuse sums up what did really take place in our Country. The fact all want to take the GOSL to cleaners also show how pathetically designed misery this war has been ever since 1970’s orchestrated by FP/TULF.

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