31 October, 2020

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Must Not Rest On Oars: The EPDP In Rage Must Be De-Fanged

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Congratulations are due to Chief Minister-Elect C.V. Wigneswaran, the TNA and to the many observers whose vigilance and reporting made the usual ballot-box-stuffing difficult for the government and its EPDP ally. The TNA’s performance turned out to be better than even the Federal Party’s best under SJV Chelvanayagam. Even in landslide victories we do not see the winning party reaching nearly 80% of the vote as did the TNA. It goes to show how this government has totally alienated the Tamil people. The meager 6 seats out of 36 for the government are likely from the votes of soldiers and die-hard EPDP persons whose days of terror need to be ended.

Reports from the islands off Jaffna say that on Sunday Sept. 22, between 1PM -4PM, EPDP goons have severely assaulted with batons 26 persons who worked for the TNA in Puliyankoodal, Oorkavat-thurai, Velanai, Thambaati, Chaati and Naranthanai. It would appear they are unable to bear the loss in democratic spirit.

This kind of retaliatory violence no longer has a place in the North. It is time for the government to disarm the paramilitary personnel of the EPDP whose guns are used only to terrorize the public. Even during the LLRC hearings armed members of the EPDP came into hearing rooms with guns in their waistband to intimidate witnesses who might have given evidence against them. Even though present, the police did not ‘see’ what the public saw.

Unfortunately, the government is unlikely to disarm the EPDP, especially given its complicity in the dark and dire deeds of the EPDP. As shown by the voters, it is clear that the EPDP terrorized its way to power rather than through popularity. It is not that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been unaware of the EPDP’s violence.  A Wikilieaks cable from the US Embassy, shows that the President urged his friend J. Sriranga to run away saying Douglas Devananda would murder him (see Colombo Telegraph). That is, the President knows well the murderous nature of his EPDP colleague. A responsible President upholding the law would have reined in his friend Douglas Devananda  and ordered the police to arrest him and charge him. Instead he supports this bloodshed in asking the Tamil people to vote for Devananda’s proxies this past week! No doubt, the Tamil vote is in part a response to that arrogance, an arrogance that assumes that all crimes would be overlooked simply because of new roads and a train to Kilinochchi when our dignity is badly wounded.

These events remind me of the culmination of the International Tamil Research Conference on Jan. 10, 1974 where the Srimavo Bandaranaike government caused the death of 7 persons. Their only mistake was to show enthusiasm for understanding their mother tongue at a conference which the Prime Minister sought to undermine. When she refused action against any policemen, the public obtained the services of three eminent men of impeccable reputation, Justice O.L. de Kretser (Rtd. from the Supreme Court), Justice V. Manicavasagar (also retired from Supreme Court) and The Rt. Rev. Sabapathy Kulandran (Rtd. Bishop in Jaffna). Their report after sittings at Palm Court Jaffna, many of which I attended as I could while an undergraduate, stated, among other things:

“The irresistible conclusion we come to is that the police on this night was guilty of a violent and quite an unnecessary attack on unarmed citizens. We are gravely concerned that they lacked the judgement which we expected of policemen in a civilian police force whose duties call for tactful handling even in the most difficult situation.

 

“The evidence establishes that this was not all what took place that night. The police in their armed might roved the city, assaulting whomsoever they came across for no better reason than that the people were doing what they were entitled to do.

 

“We are of the opinion that those who suffered physical injury and material damage, and those who lost their lives were the innocent victims of a chain of events set in motion by a completely wrong and unwise decision on the part of the police officer who made it. We can find no justification at all for the police assault on defenceless and innocent citizens.”

The TNA should think seriously of such a commission by men of un-impugned integrity and courage to look into what the government and the EPDP have imposed on the Northern Province and its people. It is the time when history is on the side of the TNA – and for the TNA to be bold.

Post Script: Some key facts
Preference Votes:

1.      C.V. Wingneswaran – 132,255. He is reportedly arranging for a residence on Temple Road, rented from the Greenlands owner.

2.      Ananthi Sasitharan (Elilan) 87,870

3.      Tharmalingam Sidtharthan – 39,715

4.      Arnold (a graduate supported by minorities) – 26,888

5.      C.V.K. Sivagnanam (former Municipal Commissioner) – 26,747

6.      Kajatheepan 23689

7.      M.K. Sivajilingam (TELO strongman from Valvettithurai) – 22,660

8.      Aingaranesan (Suresh Premachandran’s ally) 22,268

9.      Suhirthan 20,541

10.  Sayanthan – 20,179

11.  Vinthan – 16,463

12.  Paranjothi (Minority) – 16,359

13.  Sarweswaran (Suresh Premachandran’s brother) –  14,761

14.  Sivayoham (Minority)  13,479

There are 6 graduates on the TNA list. TULF’s Anadasangari was not elected.

In contrast, the PA got 2 seats from Jaffna with the islands collapsing.

Douglas arch-rival on the SLFP list was R. Anagajan who was elected with 10,034 votes. The other elected candidate from the PA list was Devananda’s Kamaleswaran who is said to have done several things for his minority community.

Douglas Devananda’s  purported Chief Minister candidate Thavarasa, whom the Daily News called the No. 1 candidate, failed to be elected. The votes for those not elected are expected today but for Thavarasa it is said to be around 300. He is expected to pack his bags for London.

Remedius who topped the preference vote in an earlier election as a TNA candidate, was routed as a Rajapakse candidate. He will be rewarded by some appointment by Rajapakse now, we may suppose.

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    Not only in the North, paramilitaries must be defanged in all areas if this nation is to taste the fresh air of true freedom. Too long has the public been harrassed and terrorised by these thugs, goons and criminals parading as MSD, PSD and bodyguards of MP’s, Ministers and VIPS. Carrying of guns in public should be banned and pointing a gun at any person made a criminal offence.

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      Karuna the criminal in the east is Dougi boys mirror image. Both are engaged in MILITARY BUSINESS although DOuglas’s business operations are far more sophisticated and diversified – from luxury buses to sand mining to environmental degradation..

      Douglas must be stripped of his stolen assets and they must be returned to the people of the north.

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      Paramilitaries will never be de-fanged as long as the RajaPoxsa family is in power. De-fang this despotic family and all the paramilitaries and extremists will turn into pussy cats.

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    Safa
    I do agree that the paramilitaries should be banned from both nations of Sri Lanka. While the North has expressed this sentiment in a very distinct manner at the very first opportunity it had access for a democratic process under very intimidating and threatening situation, the south is voting the sponsors of these goons with hands down in all the elections unfailingly. Is there a point you are missing? In my opinion both nations are very clear what their priorities are? It is time to be prepared to pay the price for freedom if you desire one!
    daya

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    This type of Gun culture must come to an end. President of Sri Lanka if you do not address and change this culture you may become victim of this same culture. Remember what happened to Premadasa.

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    Safa- I totally agree.All over the country.period.

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    Professor Hoole,

    What you profess unfortunately is to make absolute the racial divide that separates the Northern inhabitants from those in the South. One would expect a person of your stature to be more judicious in the choice of words. Your unrestrained words of praise could incite TNA and its supporters to believe that they are now endowed with a power that in reality they don’t possess.

    No doubt TNA was overwhelmingly voted in. Unfortunately this may turn out to be a double edged sword. This win for TNA will strengthen them to go to the next level – to agitate for a separate state.

    I said this before and I say it again that TNA has run on the sympathies of those who still harbour raw wounds from the 40 year old war and still quietly seeking separation. Like I said before TNA may deliver to the Tamil people the separate state that LTTE failed to do. Should that occur there will be intolerable travel restriction, business restrictions, new taxes, border disputes leading to all out war, more destruction and the bloodletting festivities will continue ad nauseum.

    The TNA win has dire consequences to the Tamil people, the broader Sri Lankan people and also the world outside with continuous refugee flows to the much favoured countries such as Australia, England, Scandinavia and even far flung Canada.

    I suggest that the Israeli armament brokers restart business in Colombo to ply their outdated and unreliable armaments on the unsuspecting Sri Lankans. While they are at it I also suggest that the Israelis open an outlet in Jaffna also. Secondly I suggest the world media who thrive on reporting carnage to start slowly making their way to Sri Lanka, or even set up permanent bases to report from. Thirdly I suggest the broadly ineffective UN observers start setting up their useless observation points. The Red Cross must get on with new blood banks in earnest.

    Professor Hoole, hope your vainglorious endorsement of the TNA win will not lead you one day to eat humble pie. Please be judicious with your choice of words.

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      Bull Sxxt Service rep;

      cut and past bull sxxt jobs done for RANCID GOVERNANCE OF JRAPASSA.

      better you tell them , FROM THESE TYPE OF SXXT JOBS, they cannot cover the shame,
      let them to hide under the satakaya with EPIDEMIC Dogiya.

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    EPDP leader survived more than 7 times of LTTE assassination attempts if I can remember old news properly. So they have their case for self defense. But in post war period is that still necessary?

    Now new chief minister have to show his leadership skills.
    He was a ex-judge does he have the capability & skills to improve the economy of the province thus the economy of the people?

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    One of the priorities for the newly elected NPC has to be totally disarming Devananda’s goons. They should insist on that!

    Sengodan. M

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      This is not possible without police powers.

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    What you say is quite right. Unfortunate thing about this is, Sinhala people and majority of people who go for voting seem to show no disregard for acts of present political authorities and their activities and that of goons.

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    As usual evangelist Hoole is hallucinating. He thinks Northern Province is in the Judeo-Christian West. He forgets that in other provinces live twice as many Tamils as in the North. Such people should know that as much as the TNA won a ‘landslide’ victory in the North with 353,595 votes, the UPFA also won a similar victory in the North Western Province with twice as many votes (705,188) as TNA got but without resorting to jingoistic politics.

    Of the three million or so Tamils that live in Sri Lanka, a lot less than a third live in the North. And that amounts to just about 3% of Sri Lanka population. Yet Tamils there wants to enforce ‘Bantu’ concept in the Northern Province and reserve it for Tamils only. We didn’t drown LTTE in Nanthikadal for its proxies to do by law what LTTE couldn’t by war.

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      Tamils of North live in India, Europe and South of Sri Lanka because of the horrors of the army and EPDP. 110,000 live in India alone and the conditions there are not better than in Sri Lanka, yet, those whose homes are occupied by the army and those with young children do not want to return to the North.

      LTTE stood for separation and TNA for Federalism, anyone with little knowledge of politics know the difference between them. One is within a united ONE country and the other separate into TWO countries.

      Federalism allow distinctly different languages and cultures develop separately without affecting or encroachment of one on other(s). Muslims can have ‘Cantons’ to develop their religion, a system which unite divercities. All can be progressive and enjoy. Switzerland is a very good example, where the standard of living is the highest in the world.

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        Its only in 1848 Switzerland came to being in its present form. So, do not be an idiot by comparing Sri Lanka to such a state.

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    Who won the elections of NPC ?
    Was it Wigneshwaran’s charisma or Sampanthan & the TNA ??

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      Ass licker DOGIYYA chased away fro their stronghold with disgrce.

      It was / is northerner’s, people’s Charisma, Will, wish and Their braveness to Go against the Jarapassa’ Authoritarian governance.

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    This clearly indicates how EPDP have made their to the Parliament…IF they are a such a popular party as they claimed why should they lose a Provincial Elections in such a humiliating manner…? They have lost even their stronghold KAYTS….what more needed.

    Hatsoff to People in the North for removing Devananda’s vetti….he is finally naked..his lunacy finally has come to an end…

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      Hoole does not like EPDP because it is EPDP who took away his vice chancellor post.

      So, Hoole is celebrating it here.

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    During 2006-20013 anyone young or old on the perception of suspicion of any link to LTTE however remote was shot down by EPDP. Recently TNA supporters or candidates in the NPC elections in Nelliady, Jaffna and in islets which used to be under the control of EPDP were severely beaten by EPDP and men in uniform. Even policemen were beaten in Nelliady. These criminal activities must be stopped. The president and his brothers are responsible for these atrocities.

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    Good, Prof. Hoole. I couldn’t understand by marking some of the new NPC members as minority. Tamils already minority in Sri Lanka. And you divide Tamils in NP into Majority Tamils and minority Tamils. Tamils are one race all over the island of Sri Lanka and their traditional domicile are North, East and the Central hills as well as Colombo.If you are a pure Christian, you wouldn’t have tried to divide them on caste basis ion this 21st century. Curse EPDP and we too curse it.

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    Good, Prof. Hoole. I couldn’t understand by marking some of the new NPC members as minority. Tamils already minority in Sri Lanka. And you divide Tamils in NP into Majority Tamils and minority Tamils. Tamils are one race all over the island of Sri Lanka and their traditional domicile are North, East and the Central hills as well as Colombo.If you are a pure Christian, you wouldn’t have tried to divide them on caste basis in this 21st century. Curse EPDP and we too curse it.

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