19 November, 2018

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Mischief By Asian Tribune: The Northern Province Chief Minister Candidature

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Asian Tribune

K.T. Rajasingham, both owner of and writer for Asian Tribune, has reported on April 19, 2013 that the “Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi [Federal Party or FP] Leadership has decided on Retired Justice C.V. Wigneswaran as the Chief Minister candidate in the forthcoming Northern Provincial Council Election.” He further reports that “Wigneswaran has been contacted and he agreed to accept the offer provided if [sic.] it is forthcoming from [the] Tamil National Alliance and not merely from the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi.”

After saying the candidature has been offered to Wigneswaran and has been conditionally accepted, Rajasingham goes on strangely to write in the present tense that Mr. Mavai Senathirajah M.P., Mr. C.V.K. Sivangnam, Deputy General Secretary of the FP, Professor S.K. Sittampalam, Senior Vice President of the FP and N. Vidhyatharan, Media Secretary of FP are [my emphasis] all in the fray for the candidature. That exposed the match as ongoing and not settled.

Rajapaksa’s Agent K.T. Rajasingham

K.T. Rajasingham

Before evaluating Mr. Rajasingham’s report it is good to note some matters of public record. According to The Sunday Leader (Nov. 25, 2007), Rajasingham proposed to President Rajapaksa a new EuroAsian TV and Radio to do propaganda for the government. Rajasingham successfully sought rights to rebroadcast Rupavahini telecasts. He also solicited some Euros 22,000 per month per continent. Rajasingham plaintively told the President “about the hardship he experienced as he has so far not obtained any sponsorship from any government organizations” in the form of advertisements, and was assured attention to the matter by the President.

In the minutes of that presidential meeting at Geneva’s Intercontinental Hotel, Rajasingham comes out plotting with Rajapaksa to create a split for “our security forces,” and attempts to dump Karuna Amman saying: “Anyway both of them [Karuna and Pillayan] would be of no use if the security forces’ higher-ups think that they can make use of them in a battle against [the] LTTE in the north. The better option is to cause another split and have some one [sic.] in the LTTE from the Jaffna district to work with our security [my emphasis] forces in the North.” We see him trying to ingratiate himself as Rajapaksa’s sole agent and confidant, calling his friend and co-agent Douglas Devananda “an opportunist.”

The secretly funded Asian Tribune therefore has poor quality journalism as to be expected. We recently saw Rajasingham banning the writings of Dr. Laksiri Fernando because of, as Rajasingham wrote to Fernando, the “gradual change in your position which is gradually developing contrary to the stance of Asian Tribune.” In measure of the quality of Asian Tribune we read in Colombo Telegraph of Asian Tribune’s links to Sri Lankan military intellgence, and that the Swedish Court of Appeal found that Rajasingham and the World Institute for Asian Studies are liable for gross defamation of Norway News journalist Nadarajah Sethurupan: “The Court of Appeal upheld the District Court’s decision to order Rajasingham and the World Institute for Asian Studies to pay to [sic.] Norway News journalist Nadarajah Sethurupan SEK 125,000 (about USD 20,000) plus interest from 2 November 2005.”

Nadarajah Sethurupan

That defamation suit brought the links between Asian Tribune and the Sri Lankan intelligence services to the fore as Rajasingham called as his witnesses Capt S. K. Ranatunga from Sri Lanka’s Defence Unit, who came all the way from Sri Lanka saying his official boss Prof. Rohan Gunaratna had advised him to appear as a witness. Also called was the Director of National Intelligence and former Director of Military Intelligence, Brig. Kapila Hendawitharane. But in the event their testimonies did not sway the court.

Website Rankings – Few Read Asian Tribune

Few read Asian Tribune. K.T. Rajasingham had been an agent for the SLFP in its worst period, 1970-77, and was very unpopular and made a living through sinecures in government cooperatives. Apparently unable to assess how the community perceived him, he stood as a parliamentary candidate in Point Pedro, his own home-base, in the 1977 general elections. The results saw the TULF’s K. Thurairatnam winning with 12,989 votes and Rajasingham trailing far behind in fourth place with a mere 614 votes. Allegations have also been made that Rajasingham ran a human smuggling operation from Bangkok to Norway/Sweden. Although these allegations are from pro-LTTE organizations and persons, or from otherwise unbalanced persons, they are sufficient to depress Rajasingham’s standing in the Tamil community further.

Naturally the ranking of asiantribune.com is one of the lowest for Sri Lankan news portals as worked out by http://digsitevalue.org/s/asiantribune.com. (To look up the ranking of any other site, the part asiantribune.com has to be replaced by that site’s address). The worldwide rankings as of the time of writing for Sri Lankan English language sites are

1) dailymirror.lk ranked #9,317;
2) dailynews.lk ranked #25,736;
3) island.lk ranked #34,322;
4) sundaytimes.lk ranked #40,133;
5) colombotelegraph.com #94,161;
6) tamilnet.com ranked #102 632;
7)asiantribune.com ranked #132 344;
8 ) thesundayleader.lk ranked #133,707.

(As a matter of curiosity, the Tamil language site tamilwin.com cited in this article is impressively ranked #28,700, just after dailynews.lk which is mainly for advertisements and obituaries rather than staid news. Tamilnet’s downward spiral has already been noted elsewhere).

M A Sumanthiran

The Daily Mirror does well although we see more hardcopies of The Daily News and The Island. It is because this ranking has nothing to do with hardcopies. Although this ranking is based mainly on popularity (the number of persons visiting), it also uses the period of existence, time for page to load, etc.. What is surprising is the position of The Sunday Leader which I recall doing much better a few months ago. Colombo Telegraph does very well considering that it is yet to celebrate its second birthday.

Given this situation, the Asian Tribune news report on the candidature of C.V. Wigneswaran would not have been taken seriously except that tamilwin.com dignified the Asian Tribune story the very next day, April 20, merely saying that the news report from an English language agency. This gave the story currency and respectability. Tamilwin.com is closely associated with the FP’s Kilinochchi MP S. Sritharan and it is difficult to fathom why they dignified the story.

Interestingly the Terrorist Investigation Division is trying to ensnare Sritharan, according to M.A. Sumanthiran, by raiding Sritharan’s office in Kilinochchi, and claiming “to have recovered some explosives and, astonishingly, condoms and pornographic material!” But at the same time we see Sritharan highlighted positively in Asian Tribune, translating an Indian news report from Tamil and running a story on his demands for war crime investigations in a Tamil news site in India. It would seem that Asian Tribune is trying to cultivate Mr. Sritharan for some devious reason.

Mischief-Making – the Real Situation

Asian Tribune and its quality aside, what is the real situation with regard to the elections? The date of the elections, the government once stated, would be in September and then the Elections Commissioner said August. The latest is from Rajapaksa. He will set the date after he has consulted astrologers. Clearly the Elections Commissioner will go along with a date that astrologically suits just one candidate. There is no longer even a pretence to neutrality and the signs are ominous.

CVK Sivagnanam

Although Douglas Devananda has said he would be the government’s chief ministerial candidate, it is widely believed that he would finally not risk losing his cabinet portfolio. Further, other SLFP Tamils in Jaffna would create problems if Devananda is given this additional prominence. Former EPDP MP Thavarajah has now moved to Jaffna from England where he was hiding. The speculation is that he is vying as Douglas’ proxy and has been summoned by Douglas for that purpose.

The TNA for its part is absolutely determined to have a common candidate. If the Tamil vote is split, with such a large military presence, the government can possibly win with the soldiers’ and their wives’ votes and a few more. TNA sources fear that the stories about the return of so-called Jaffna-based Sinhalese families displaced by the LTTE’s ethnic cleansing are really to fatten the electoral registers for rigging purposes without having to bring anyone to Jaffna to live there and vote.

The TNA itself has no constitution and the decision on the common candidate will be informal and therefore complicated. At the last meeting of the FP in Colombo early this month, the matter was discussed only informally and not as part of the agenda. It was the fear that Colombo members may dominate the process and that that would be counter-productive because some them have UNP and other connections and may get in by obtaining the blessings of Mr. Sampanthan and Mr. Senathirajah who live mainly in Colombo.

It was therefore generally the consensus that a list of party loyalists and qualified outsiders should be assembled, their CVs distributed and finally a decision taken by vote. A lot therefore needs to be done before the common candidate is decided upon, unless someone subverts the consensus.

Suresh Premachandran

The Asian Tribune report is therefore false and probably initiated by military intelligence officials through their agent to cause mischief. And if anyone offered the candidature to Wigneswaran it was to create more mischief through a fait accompli.

Suresh Premachandran of the EPRLF reportedly wants to be the common candidate but in terms of moral stature, support and claims based on seniority in and service to the party, he stands no chance against Mavai Senathirajah and Prof. Sittrampalam, both of whom already have the authority and following flowing from their high posts within the FP; nor does Premachandran stand a chance against C.V.K. Sivagnanam who was offered the Chairmanship of the Interim Council under the 1987 Accord and had to turn it down because of J.R. Jayawardene’s machinations.

Besides, Suresh Premachandran would need to overcome a lot of baggage. He has to live down his reputation as the head of the Mandayan Group, assassins hunting down LTTE men and dissidents. There are also questions of his loyalty after he cosied up to the LTTE and stood by while his former EPRLF colleagues who did not cross-over to the LTTE with him were murdered. The article Robert’s Indictment of June 21, 2003 from The Daily News on the murder of Premachandran’s abandoned friend Robert Subathiran reveals the sense of betrayal by former colleagues that remains to be addressed. If he is the common candidate, to win he would need to rely on the public ignoring these ghosts from his past on the grounds that the government must not be allowed to win at any cost.

S_Sritaran

There are others too, like M. Sumanthiran and N. Vidhyatharan, who might well be immensely popular. Sumanthiran’s standing stems from his legal services to the party and the public, and widely read effective speeches in parliament and abroad; and Vidhyatharan’s through his services to the Uthayan newspaper and its sister, the Colombo-based Sudaroli. There is also sympathy for him because of his unlawful arrest in February 2009, though released for lack of evidence by intervention of the courts after 2 months’ incarceration.

A senior, responsible Hindu in the FP Central Committee said that, after Sampanthan who as a national figure cannot take on provincial office however high it might be, only Sumanthiran and Justice Wigneswaran have the legal knowledge and ability to deal with the Sinhalese and the intricacies of governance. But he added that Wigneswaran is hampered and compromised by his child recently marrying that of Vasudeva Nanayakkara, an uncompromising ally of Rajapaksa’s with a two-spouse, two-home, two-caste, two-religion family. Rather incredulous, I asked if Vasudeva’s antics will affect Wigneswaran and got a rhetorical response, “What else will it do?,” saying that Vasudeva has even flaunted his unmarried spouse during a visit to Jaffna where conservative feelings run deep. My inquiries show that few know of this wedding but confirm that if Wigneswaran does become the candidate many Vellalas who form the intellectual backbone of the FP will find his marriage alliance difficult to stomach and give some other reason for not supporting him.

Vidhyatharan

Other Viable Candidates, clockwise from above: Mavai Senathirajah, M. A. Sumanthiran, Prof. S.K. Sittrampalam, C.V.K. Sivagnanam, and N. Vidhyatharan

There are those in the FP who strongly believe that Premachandran is backed by India and pointed to the presence in Jaffna of one Aingaranesan from India after years there. He had left his family and job there and has been living in Jaffna for some time now with no visible means of support, working for Premachandran. These older Federalists are focused on educational qualification and offered their opinion that many of these persons had not gone beyond grade 3 or 4 and feared becoming sidelined in the party. To them Wigneswaran’s intellectual standing will win the day.

When it seemed that a Federal Party candidate was the most likely to emerge, Premachandran and others floated the idea of Justice Wigneswaran. Extremists like Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam and Guruparan Kumaravadivel are against the TNA but, I understand, agree on the need not to split the Tamil vote. They too would therefore like a nonparty man or woman as a way out. Tamilnet.com also seems to promote Wigneswaran indirectly, even drawing attention to his Trincomalee base.

Wigneswaran may in the end prove to be the likely way out.

The Cosmopolitan Justice Wigneswaran

Wigneswaran is a popular figure in Colombo. An eminent jurist who had risen to the Supreme Court, he is much respected, especially for his frank speech on his last day on the bench critical of the judicial system. He is also admired for publicly speaking up for federalism as the only solution to the country’s ills. He had a national following, being seen as a person around whom the opposition to judicial meddling, both Sinhalese and Tamil, could rally. Energized by his speech, persons from CIMOGG/OPA organized and widely advertised a meeting just after his retirement in 2004. Then the seminar was suddenly called off. I was informed that a senior member from the Attorney General’s had visited Wigneswaran on the Chief Justice’s instance and warned him of dire consequences if he said anything in contempt, and as a result Wigneswaran had to go “suddenly” on vacation to Australia. The organizers gave the trip as the reason for cancelling his talk. Many felt let down.

Justice Wigneswaran

Whether Wigneswaran should have taken that vacation or stood his ground, he has remained a hero to many, especially Tamils who lack educated leaders like him of unquestionable stature in Sri Lanka. He was cosmopolitan, leading a sheltered private life among Colombo socialites. Talk among his socialite friends about his cute wine glasses and liquor collection set him out as everybody’s man, the typical lovable, happy-go-lucky Colombo Tamil with Sinhalese and Tamil friends, caring little for partisan ideology.

When Justice Wigneswaran came to Methodist College Colombo as the chief guest before his retirement, I believe it was to the Tamil Cultural Festival (Kalai Vila), I was in the audience. He spoke in impressive English first and then excellent Tamil in a booming voice, making him immediately loved by the largely Tamil audience. He was political too. I think it was here that he alluded to his high appointment using the phrase “one swallow doesn’t make a summer” – meaning that the appointment of a Tamil to such high office as his does not signal that all is well with us Tamils. We identified with him and what he was saying. He had the impeccable image of a cosmopolitan man and any of us would have been proud to have that Wigneswaran as Chief Minister of the North.

That previous Colombo-based happy-go-lucky Wigneswaran as justice kept to his socialite wine-drinking circles. Uncommitted to the rigours of Aristotle as socialites are wont, he could comfortably write a eulogy for his electrical engineer-turned-lawyer friend R.E. Thambiratnam wishing “May his Soul rest in peace for ever!,” and at the same time take to preaching Siavism in the secular press. I take it that Wigneswaran’s attitude to religion was not rigorous, which is after all his absolute right and no one could quarrel with him. That Thambiratnam, clearly a close personal friend, was married to a Sinhalese and his daughter to a high-ranking Sinhalese army official, further indicates Wigneswaran’s cosmopolitan ethos and credentials.

Politicking or Religiosity with Age?

There are signs of late that Wigneswaran is politicking for elected office. If he wishes to try to be Chief Minister it is his right.

I suppose if outward signs of religiosity are required in electoral politics, he needs to produce them. My thoughts went back to Dec. 2012 when Justice Wigneswaran began his speech before a lawyers’ group with the long recitation of what I take to be Sanskrit mantras. He appears to have now switched image from his previously secular one after his marital ties to the bohemian Vasudeva Nanayakkara with the social, religious and legal complications of his two living spouses. Wigneswaran plays up his Trincomalee roots and takes on speaking engagements in the North-East at organizations like the YMHA. He wears the symbols of his religion like the holy ash and pottu. All that is fine. It is his right – so long as he will be everyone’s Chief Minister if and when that comes to be.

A good example is Sampanthan who goes to the temple often with the attendant paraphernalia but never imposes his religion on others. Sumantiran told me that once he walked up to a temple in the East in procession with Sampanthan and was left comfortably alone outside when the others went in.

Final Analysis

Many of us, including myself, would be happy to endorse Wigneswaran and vote for him if we could, and work with him. Whatever happens between now and the elections, I hope there is one Tamil candidate and that, whatever his or her strengths and weaknesses, all Tamils will vote for that candidate.

What did K.T. Rajasingham and his intelligence services handlers hope to achieve by this story? I believe they sought to set off an internecine quarrel within the TNA and FP by short circuiting the consensus to go about slowly and deliberately towards a vote on a common candidate. When in fact no decision was taken by the TNA on any one candidate, they probably used someone in the TNA without the authority to tell Wigneswaran that he had been selected and thereby set-off bitter enmities between Wigneswaran and the others who wish to be the candidate. Rajasingham would not have dared to cook up that part of his story where Wigneswaran told Asian Tribune that he would accept an invitation from the TNA. For if untrue Wigneswaran would deny it. But it seems premature and rather naive for someone with Wigneswaran’s judicial experience and training to have swallowed this story about his selection by the FP. He needs to be sharp and vigilant.

But in the process Asian Tribune and the intelligence services might have inadvertently strengthened Wigneswaran who could turn out to be a formidable opponent to anyone the government can put forward.

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    What talk of Tamil Muslim unity when this guy can’t get along with even the hindus! Prof Hoole should read the daily mirror which he had ranked highly! Vigneshvaran had denied that he had accepted the candidature ( Thursday 18th.) Hoole has been going off track for a while now. First he attacked savitri Goonesekere. He used to oscillate on mahinda when he was being given benefits in the university system. Of late his Christian bias had been showing.

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      Today’s DM front page reveals that Daya Master is to contest the Nothern PC elections under the UPFA. KP himself would have ventured, but would have been too obvious, hence Daya Master. This is where some of the LTTE, like KP crowd have had separate dealings with MR, without the knowledge of VP, who had dealings with MR, where VP was lured to surrender and the lot massacred. KP crowd would have known right along the fate of VP and his supporters. It is no wonder how one section of the Tamils have been duped to betray the other lot and now they are getting ready to share the spoils with MR. Would VP ever have fought a war burying their heavy artillery and abandon their strong hold and go to the sea front to fight the last battle? Here are the wheeler dealers headed by MR taking the masses, both Sinhalese and Tamils in this country and the diaspora, for a right Royal Ride.

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    Asian Tribune K T Rajasingham is a well known crook pampered by the President of Sri Lanka and the Intelligence service.

    Soon after my release from LTTE captivity in 2005, he interviewed me and published news about the incarceration. After the news about the London High Court hearing, he demanded £5,000 from me for his rogue World Institute for Asian Studies project. He also asked me to prepare a project report to swindle European Funding to build prefabricated properties in Sri Lanka.

    I have extensively exposed him in the past. [Edited out]
    He has cheated many Tamils. He took money from a Tamil and never returned it stating that he subsequently used it for his daughter’s wedding.

    This unscrupulous [Edited out] is the buddy of the President. When the President visited Geneva, he was accommodated in the same hotel. [Edited out]

    Then the Nitharsanam.com man Nadarajah Sethurupan is not an Angel. [Edited out]

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    Can this buffalo ever bellow without seeking to sully the reputation of anybody and everybody from Navalar to Wigneswaran. Once he drew Thirukkural into mud as caste ridden because it spoke about the importance of agriculture.Buffalo interpretation had it that Thiruvalluvar wrote it in praise of the Vellalas. This man is a lunatic in search of an asylum.

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    Prof. Hoole is writing rubbish again,,, Re, the court case I can say that although KT ask for SL defence help non was given… So why Prof. Hoole writing this untruth ?

    Re. Laksiri I can say that this man went to SL and offered his services to the govt. and they turn it down.. Since that he is on a vile crusade against the ruling govt. today..
    This tells about the calibre of people that CT using for its articles.

    Govt. may have lots of issues to fix, but it does not give CT or others to use moronic SL’s with some agendas or self interest.

    Hope you publish this since some of your censors are living with some cage animals.

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      Idiot Watcher, read the court report;
      The Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment Capt. S.K. Ranatunga, who came from Sri Lanka, said that he is from the Sri Lanka’s Defence Unit and his official boss Prof. Rohan Gunaratna had advised him to appear as a witness who working on Intelligence and Terror research matter, He said that “we are defence people and we know K.T.Rajasingahm for long time and they are writing many things which is closely associated with the Sri Lankan government.” K.T.Rajasingham’s lawyer asked from Capt. S.K. Ranatunga that “who are you and you always use the word ‘We”, what do you mean by ‘we’?” Capt. S.K. Ranatunga said that “we mean, we are defence people of Sri Lanka.

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        idiot nanda, you your self contradict what you said.. Who are “We”.. Not the SL Defence.. Any one can go to court to present himself as a individual.
        If Kapila being there then it would have been a different issue.

        Read my note.. If you can understand the proper english. Pathetic gas bags.

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    Congratulations Colombo Telegraph on being ranked 5th. How in God’s name did the daily noise reach 2nd place? A computer jilmart with the connivance of the Alexa ranking of website?? :O

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    Congratulations Colombo Telegraph on being ranked 5th. How in God’s name did the daily noise reach 2nd place? A computer jilmart with the connivance of the Alexa ranking website?? :O

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      CT traffic ranking 5th from bottom.

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    While accusing K.T. Rajasingham of promoting Wigneswaran as the chief ministerial candidate Mr.Hoole is also doing the same in the last part of his article. Mr.Hoole is not only promoting Wigneswaran but he is presenting unsubstantiated rumours and half truths as facts in order to run-down the other potential candidates. For example can he give an iota of proof for the existence of Mandiyan Group lead by Premachandran other than from the propaganda materials of LTTE. If you really want to compare Premachandran and Wigneswaran compare this. Mr.Wigneswaran faithfully served the Srilankan judiciary till his retirement, the same judiciary that applied the notorious PTA on thousands of Tamil youth resulting in very long incarceration without trial.Mr Wigneswaran may be highly educated but he was part and parcel of the very same state machinery that was condemned by all the human rights watch groups in the world. Premachandran on the other hand was sent by his not so rich parents to UK as a student but in the late 70s as the state oppression intensified he along with Padmanabha returned to Srilanka to organise the resistance to the very state that Wigneswaran was faithfilly serving. The people of north don’t care whether Premachandran was leader of Mandiyan Group or not they want a leadership that will not compromise but lead them out of the present misery.
    For your information “the man from India” Ainkaranesan is well known in Jaffna he was teacher and was running a popular tutory in the 80s. He contested the last parliamentary election under TNA got 6825 preferential votes(C.V.Sivagnanm polled 7000), He is an environmentalist written several articles and books on local environmental issues of course in Tamil the language of the people living there. He is not a grade 3 or 4 guy as your friends in FP tells you. Check before you mention names

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    Mr.S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

    Yourself or Sampanthan, Wignswaran, Sumanthiran, Premachandran, Vasudeva’s so & so, all can contest freely now, speak freely , because “Rajapaksa’s Agent K.T. Rajasingham”s Boss MR & Gota decimated LTTE terror & “Son God” V.Prabha the blood sucking mass murderer from Republic of Sri Lanka;

    Mind you had he been alive ,he wouldn’t have allowed any one of you guys to contest under ‘Republic of Sri Lanka” in Eelam Land.

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      Hat off for your comments John. Well said.

      AT the time, the blood sucking teraa leader VP ran a muck for 30 odd years in SL, this spineless Hoole and the erst of the podians was hiding behind their pombules’ sarees with wet underpants. When is was at peak, this Hoole even ran out of the country for his life.

      All of a sudden these goons became experts on everything and talk about humanrights etc.

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      If it is so why did they get rid of Laksman Kadirgamar. Why has Hoole ran away from the country?. Why so many journalist are in exile. You think you got rid of VP but you have installed a FP in its place that is what VP wanted. Everything is working according to VP’s master plan.

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    K.T. Rajapasinghe is paid by the Government. The External
    Affairs Ministry loses US [Edited out]every month to keep his
    Asian Tribune alive. Rajasingham’s grouse is that the LTTE
    did not include him (a so called Brahmin) in their delegation
    after the Norway brokered peace accord. The turn coat who
    backed the LTTE then became a Tiger hunter.If any one has a few
    hundred dollars, Rajasingham will be up for sale.There are plenty
    of such Kalla Thonis like him.

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    How come LankaeNews , the darling of the Diaspora didn’t get a guernsey?..

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    I agree with Sulaiman above that Ratnajeevan Hoole has been going off track for a while now and he has criticized too many people, past and present for me to like him. Well said, Sulaiman.

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      exactly,I also agree

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    There is a pattern in the madness. A pygmy to stand tall has to demolish all around him, particularly if they are towering.

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    Prof.Hoole is very much on track. So is Colombo Tribune.

    Thank you Prof. for you excellent review of the candidates. I will be voting for the wine drinking one – provided he vouches to protect the toddy industry in the North and East.

    The Tamils need to be protected from themselves, from choosing another racist opportunistic moron.

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      Nice!

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    Too much of wine drinking. Sorry, Well done Colombo Telegraph :)

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    This buffoon directs his barb at one of the most respected personalities in the country Justice C V Wigneswaran. Why at this moment? Because his name is mentioned for the office of CM. To this Christian nondescript it was too irksome. CVW, foremost in the public eye as a great Hindu is unacceptable to this bigot. So all the negative fabrications about his mode of life. To start with seemingly good words. Just sophistry to pull wool over the eyes of CT readership. The sting is in the tail.Socialite? Does he know the meaning of the word?

    CVW is known for his scholarship. His independent spirit of mind is his most salient attribute. His forthrightness is admired. The forensic skill he displays is impressive. Tri-lingual capability makes him stand out. People respect his character. To a midget this is a woesome reproach.

    A Tamil poetess decrying poverty says “one who is poor will be rejected even by his wife, disowned by his mother and his words will have no credibility”. It applies totally to intellectual poverty.

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    So it is Wine drinking Colombosider, Vellala Vigneswaran as Jaffna CM ?.

    It sounds a great victory for the long suffering Vellalas who were literally blugeoned by the non Vellala Prabakaran.

    But the most important issues as far as the great majority of the 75 % of inhabitants concerned are ,

    Whether this V V is going to Tango with the Diaspora Socialites in high places like the GFT and the TGTE.

    Allow Satyagrahas and Civil obsdiences , that the TNA leader Sambandan has frequently promised us since Nanthikadal.

    Allow non Vellalas in Tamil Nadu to keep bashing our pilgrims, and banning our cricketers.

    Last but not least, allow our pilgrims to travel North and our youth to get Employment, without turning them into political Soccer Balls.

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    Dear Prof, i know u r family. Of course u guise got bit brainy. I know u all from uduvil and pt. pedro connections…u r families all bit odd balls. u r writings shows allll…come on come out from stupid christian hindu dummy arguments…come on fight for our land and freedom from sinhala budhist savagers…

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    very good achievement.

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    It is good that this divisive Hoole has found somebody of the ilk of Rajasingham to keep himself occupied.Rajasingham is a well known for his corrupt practices.
    Bensen Burner

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    “…. Vellala Vigneswaran as Jaffna CM?…It sounds a great victory for the long suffering Vellalas who were literally bludgeoned by the non-Vellala Prabakaran…” notes our friend Mr K.A. Sumanasekera.
    It is quite possible, the grand and surreptitious design to destroy the Lankan Tamil Nation is planned decades ago in several tiers. While the physical elimination of the Tamils gradually, to start with to reduce them to minority status in their own majority areas, via killings, abductions, rape, thievery of their houses/agricultural land and other forms of unbearable harassment is the main weapon, there is also that one in which the more initiated, like this writer, attempt to weaken and divide the Tamil Nation harping on their earlier caste-class differences. It is a clever move but I fear it has lost its earlier potency. The Tamils of today, most of them fairly well educated, have realise this is their Achilles Heel and have taken steps to rid themselves of this weakness. It is not entirely out of the picture – but it certainly is less than previously and on the way out. Caste is being displaced by class, modern education and the breakdown of ancient superstitious beliefs. Yet another feature in which those planning to harm the Lankan Tamil unity have succeeded in winning over several Tamils in the political and social spheres to work/speak against the Tamil struggle. Offers of political office, other forms of inducement by the State have been made in plenty – as we all know. But then back-biting and treachery is as old as Adam and Eve, metaphorically speaking. The Bad news for the latter is the Tamil struggle appears to have secured fresher and more effective impetus – locally, regionally and in the global community – and what lied virtually lifeless is now up and about – thanks mainly to the weakness of governance of the continuingly faltering regime and its leadership.

    If the NP elections are held in September and relatively freely the Tamil Nation will speak in one single voice. They know this is possibly their last chance. It matters little whoever is the Candidate.
    As to Justice Vigneswaran, in my view, he is a good candidate acceptable to the Tamil Nation and fully endowed to secure for them their justice and their place in the country – long denied unjustly.

    Senguttuvan

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      Yes, Senguttuvan, Prof. Hoole is trying to create another disaster, as usual, but will not work. Our generation do not much worry about cast, and they ask now what does it mean? Hoole tries to be different from others and wants to be smart, but often become fool. (Hoole= often become fool now.Hindu vs Christine, cast sysyem all is in 1970s before we born.

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    S. R. H. Hoole

    The only difference between K. T. Rajasingham and you is that he is a crook out in the open, and you are a confused closet crook. But it is beginning to show. Something is happening. Your thinking is not coherent and your behaviour is becoming increasingly devious. Seriously. I mean it.

    You say Justice Wigneswaran is cosmopolitan because he is a wine-drinking socialite and gets along with the Sinhalese in Colombo. You say he will be a good candidate for the NPC chief minister post. You say patronizingly he is well educated and speaks good English. And then you cast aspersions on him by mentioning something totally irrelevant. You refer to his “child marrying that of Vasudeva Nanayakkara, an uncompromising ally of Rajapaksa’s with a two-spouse, two-home, two-caste, two-religion family.” You go on to say “Vasudeva has even flaunted his unmarried spouse during a visit to Jaffna where conservative feelings run deep. My inquiries show that few know of this wedding but confirm that if Wigneswaran does become the candidate many Vellalas who form the intellectual backbone of the FP will find his marriage alliance difficult to stomach and give some other reason for not supporting him.” Are you serious? Is this kind of writing worthy of someone who once wanted to be VC Jaffna?

    This is pure gossip with a malicious intent on your part. You are bringing in the marriage of their children to plant the idea that the Vellalas should reject Wigneswaran’s candidature on the basis of his in-law’s caste, race and “morals.” And you don’t stop with that. You even invoke his late friend Thambiratnam to make sarcastic comments about his practice of Saivaism. You are doing all this while appearing to be praising Wigneswaran like Mark Antony’s funeral oration. But you must realize the Jaffna Vellalas today are themselves becoming wine drinking cosmopolitants with liberal ideas about marriage and politics, and quite rightly so, and they are not sexually repressed or bigoted the way you sound.

    In fact, your whole article is nothing but salacious gossip about individuals: K. T. Rajasingham, Sethurupan, Premachandran, Aingaranesan, Wigneswaran, Vasudeva and Thambiratnam. There is no political analysis or even plain old journalism, but only serial character assassinations. This is mischief by a disturbed individual.

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      Rambler,

      While Hoole is definitely inflicting irreparable harm to his reputation by indulging in “salacious gossip,” you are making a big mistake by equating K.T.Rajasingham to Hoole as a crook.

      KTR was known as [Edited out]

      Hoole’s problems on the other hand arise from a common human condition that comes with age– i.e., as people get older, with younger generations getting all the attention in a changing world, they feel no one is respecting them enough or taking them seriously enough; they are reduced to trumpeting their old accomplishments and “demanding” respect, forgetting that respect is “earned” or “commanded” and cannot be “demanded.”

      They also feel a sense of entitlement toward some positions, and when things don’t work out tbe way they expect, they become bitter.

      But the manner in which Hoole provokes strong reactions from all sides shows he lacks certain qualities needed of an effective academic administrator, so at least with the benefit of hindsight, he needs to accept he has some deficiencies and move on, despite the fact that he was in fact mistreated by both the GoSL and the pro-LTTE people.

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    Rambler,

    I agree with you that Hoole in this article is stooping in some references to a peasant point of view. But why should you blame him for that ?

    Jaffna Tamils are nothing but over educated peasants – who are happy to go abroad and pay for other peoples children to die – to protect their honor and pride. They chose some one who dished out cyanide pills that he did not take himself.

    Do you think they think beyond land,caste and the dowry that they can collect for their daughters. They are a bunch of backward peasants – who have no feeling for their own people (unless they are related and of the same caste).

    They are yet to evolve to a state where they see themselves as a political entity. Prof Hoole writes for them about their own affairs according to the way they think about themselves and the world – devoid of the racist poison that we see from the other Tamil over educated quasi intellectuals.

    Though I like his style, I do not like his condemnation of double wife practiced by Lord Muruga. Even BBS wants the same right as the Muslims. They want 4. So Prof. seems to recommend 1 and that is his Christian Bias.

    He should know by now that when he writes about Tamils – he should adopt a Hindu frame work of reference. Because if you are not from Janffa, Vellala and Hindu – you are not are real Tamil.

    Rambler, you know that but the he does not.

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      If there are over educated peasants You are under educated scavenger. Nothing makes any sense. Patches of words and sentences does not make a decent comment.

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      KiriYakka

      Rambler hit the nail on the head when he dismissed Hoole. But its time to deconstruct your subtle defense of Hoole by this nonsense of the ‘Vellalar Hindu’ and the ‘God Skanda’s two wives’.

      In Christianity, Abraham had a wife – Sarah and two concubines, Hagar and Keturah. The King David celebrated in Christian theology had 8 wives. And the noble King Solomon, the inspiration for the church for 2,000 years, had 700 wives and 300 concubines!!

      The fact remains that the Sri Lanka of tomorrow needs to be liberal and progressive where Hoole and you will insha-allah be forgotten for good! We need Rambler and Sulaiman (commentators above), not kiri yakkas that the Buddha failed to completely exterminate contrary to what the Mahavamsa claimed..

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    A thief who stole provisons that belonged to the people was able to stay with the Sri Lankan president in the same hotel, able to run a news paper, advise the Sri Lankan government. There is many things wrong in many places. This swindler has looted many millions from the Sri Lankan government, especially from the foreign ministry.

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    Dear Mr Sengutuan,

    Vellala Sambandan had the chance to be the real McCoy to help your Tamil Nation by working for the Republic of Srialanka as a senior minister, not under it as a CM.

    But he goofed it by swallowing the hook , line and sinker thrown by the perpetual Opportunist Ranil W.and backed the ex General.

    While non Vellalas like our cousins Karuna , Deva , and KP who have runs on the board building Roads, Hospitals , Banks, Schools etc, what can your Vellala cousins show for their dough?

    As inhabitants and it is the great majority of rural poor ,all we want is to live in peace and harmony,and bring up our children and grand children to break out of the poverty cycle and live decent lives as the children of Diasporians do.

    We hope this Mr Vigneswaran shares the same sentiments and work towards the same goal.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Vellala Sambandan had the chance to be the real McCoy “

      Could you site any evidence to confirm Sambandan’s caste.

      “While non Vellalas like our cousins Karuna , Deva , and KP”

      Could you site any evidence to confirm their non Vellala caste connection.

      Like your brethren in India could you produce their caste certificates for our information.

      By the way could let us know where you fit in the caste hierarchy of the island.

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    The very articulate Mr. K.A. W. Sumanasekera speaks for all of us when he declares “As inhabitants and it is the great majority of rural poor – all we want is to live in peace and harmony,and bring up our children and grand children to break out of the poverty cycle and live decent lives as the children of Diasporians do..” Well spoken, Good Sir, that certainly makes two of us. That is what the Tamil Nation within a United Sri Lanka wants too – except that, unlike our Sinhala cousins, we need the conditions and the freedom to move about without fear of attack on our persons and property in our own areas. Now I notice this is becoming a problem in the rest of the South too – again. You will agree, these assured safety features are denied to us for long and certainly from the time the “war” began – and until today. You will quote the Constitution in defence – but this, to the Tamils of this country as well as to a few Sinhalese and many Muslims, remains a meaningless piece of paper – scoffed at by the world. Sitting at the top tiers of our legal system from about the year 2000 are men and women openly working in cahoots with the political establishment.

    In my view Mr Sampanthan or the TNA did not goof. They simply did not fall for the poorly thought of guli Rajapakse was trying to seduce them – another canard. This time dressed as the PSC – no indication of any finesse at all – something which belongs to the more urbane JR and company from a different level of society.

    If Rajapakse sincerely (?) comes out with what he offers the Tamil people and the Road Map, old Sam may be the Senior Minister you have in mind. But, the decent and intelligent man he is he might insist on a Cabinet of about 20 that can meet in a room – not a meaningless and paralysed one that is so large it has to meet at the Sugathadasa Football Stadium with men like Ganda-Kata Azwer and Kudu Mervin engaging in inspired insults, interruptions and attacks on Tamil speakers like Sumanthiran and Sampanthan.

    If the NP Elections are held peacefully and democratically you and I might live to see the day to see a Sinhala-Tamil Cabinet, which the
    inevitable Sinhala chauvinists will again call …. havla. But that is the nature of democracy in our parts – so long as it is keep within reasonable bounds.

    Senguttuvan

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    Mr Sengutuan ,

    You reckon old Sam is still on “My Way or Highway or should we say say, His way or No way…

    Well, good luck to him.

    As peace loving inhabitants, we sincerely hope that Old Sam doesn’t push the envelope too far when he gets hold of the North.

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    DD,

    You are quite right. ” Sri Lanka of tomorrow needs to be liberal and progressive ” – but Tamils are not.

    And that is the biggest problem.

    That is why they support rotters like Vellupilai and are likely to support similar rotters, who are racist and authoritarian and backward in every sense. they are a danger onto themselves. They are better off under the Sinhalese – who them selves are deficient in many ways, but are good on the Tamils. Just to keep them down so that they don’t do the same kind of nonsense on to themselves.

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    Sumane,

    You got the name of the Mills Bros song right. But got the singer wrong. The singer was not TNA Sam but you nowho???

    Senguttuvan

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    Mr Sengutuan.

    Isn’t it cool that the Vellalas in Colombo not only indulge in Wine but also listen to Blue Eyed Soul !!.

    No wonder the new Arpico dig in Union place is selling Cheap Chilian Reds at exhorbitant prices.

    Now the problem is the voters in former LTTE territory are neither Vellas, nor can afford even a Palmyrah hit.

    With non Vellala Mrs Tamil Chelvam and Daya Master jumpimg in to the fray, VV will have a tough contest.

    And our own Vellala Ranil and his semi Vellala Boys doing rounds in former strong holds and HSZs, the proletariet leaders may whip up not only the caste but class differences too.

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