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My Friend In Jaffna Who Criticized The LTTE In Public

By P. Bertie Ranaweerage

Bertie Ranaweerage

It was on a day in the first week of July in 1980. I boarded the early morning Jaffna bound train at Fort Railway Station, Colombo, reserved a seat for my friend Mr. H.N. Fernando, then President of Ceylon Teachers’ Union, the most powerful teachers’ union in the island at that time. He had promised to accompany me to Jaffna as it was my first ever visit to the North and my purpose of the visit was to meet with the teacher–trainees in the Palali Teacher Training College .

The days were turbulent. The country was witnessing protest campaigns of the employees of government sector as well as of the private sector against the JR government’s economic policies. Some railway employees had been sacked and a trade unionist named Somapala had been killed by some pro government goons in front of his office in Fort,Colombo while he was leading a protest campaign during the lunch hour. Anti –government trade unions were holding discussions to launch a General Strike.

I waited and waited for H.N. but he did not turn up leaving me with no any other alternative but to continue my journey. I was a little bit scared to travel to the North alone as there had been sporadic anti Sinhala violence in the North in the previous year which, no doubt, was tit for tat .

T. Devarajah

At that time the only person I knew in the whole Jaffna Peninsula was Mr. and comrade T. Devarajah, the Jaffna District Secretary of Ceylon Teachers’ Union. We had met each other a few times in Colombo when we visited the Union office to take part in the Central Committee meetings. I did not know where his house was but I knew the postal address of his school, Mallakam Hindu College, Mallakam. My plan was to visit his school and get his home address from somebody. Yet I did not know how to get to Mallakam.

I struck up a conversation with a Tamil gentleman seated in the front seat. He gave me the necessary guidelines to get to Mallakam which was an indescribable relief to me. It was past noon when I got off the train at Jaffna from where I got a bus to Jaffna town. At the Jaffna bus station I was guided to a Kankasanthuri bus by a Tamil who could speak a little English. A passenger promised me to show where I have to get down to get to Mallakam Hindu College.

After forty five minutes or so I reached Mallakam. In five minutes I was in front of the school. Alas! The school gate was locked with a big iron chain and a padlock .There was not a single soul in the school premises to be seen. It was only then I remembered that it was a Sunday.

Now I was completely stranded in an unknown territory. To make the situation worse I knew no Tamil language barring three Tamil words Vanga, Ponga and a filthy word. The only option I had to choose was to start the return journey.

Fortunately a chap came to me and said something in Tamil. I told him in English why I came to school. To make the long story short he took me to the house of school principal which was 200 or so metres away.

He gave me the directions to get to Devarajah’s house situated at Inuvil on KKS road. Now I had to travel for a few miles back to get to Inuvil. Within 45 minutes I was able get to his home but he was not home as he had gone to water his red onion cultivation.

His wife welcomed me warmly and served me with refreshments though it was the first time she saw me.

Half an hour or so later Deva returned home and immediately invited me for lunch which had been prepared for me and H.N. In the evening he took me on his bike round the village and invited me to have some Palmirah toddy which I declined as I was a dedicated JVPer at that time. Now I repent for not accepting his invitation.

Until the dinner time we discussed politics and trade union activities. Deva believed in socialism and was sympathetic to the JVP.

In the early morning on the following day H.N. Fernando arrived at Deva’s home having travelled to Jaffna in the Night Mail train. We all left for Palali Teacher training College soon after the breakfast.

The road to the Teacher Training College lay in front of the Palali Army camp. I very well remember that there was only one sentry in front of the camp. He was the only soldier I saw during the two days I spent in Jaffna. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that the Jaffna peninsula would become a battle field in a few years time.

We were welcomed by the principal of the training college who, according to H.N., had been a member of Ceylon Teachers’ Union. He immediately arranged a meeting of class leaders of the trainees where we made speeches on the issues related to teacher trainees, teachers and education. At the end of the speeches we held a discussion together .

We left the College after the lunch offered by the principal. Deva went home and we went to the Kankasanthurei Railway Station to get to Colombo by night train.

Our teachers’ union joined hands with hundreds of other trade unions and launched the July General Strike from 17th July to 21st July demanding 300 rupee monthly salary increase. Devarajah led the strike in schools in Jaffna. JR and his Cabinet of Ministers were not willing to meet the demands of the strikers .The government sacked all the strikers. The trade Union movement in the country was not strong enough to face JR’s iron rule. Yet they continued a campaign demanding to reinstate all the sacked workers .

Devarajah who lost his job was not able to feed his family as the income from his cultivation was inadequate. That was the fate of almost all the strikers. Some started farming. Some started small scale businesses. Devaraja and some others went to Middle East countries for various jobs. I know of one lady teacher who went to Saudi Arabia and worked as a house maid there.

As a result of various campaigns conducted by trade unions and INGOs, NGOs locally and internationally JR government finally decided to reinstate the majority of strikers . As far as I remember Prime Minister R. Premadasa did not reinstate any of the strikers of the departments that came under his Ministry. Over 50 strikers committed suicide. The Ministry of Education was under Mr. Ranil Wicramasinghe and he reinstated all the teachers who had struck work. Devarajah returned to Sri Lanka when he was informed by the Union that he was going to be reinstated. Soon after assuming duties he once again started trade union activities .

Deva, a dedicated teacher, taught English in a number of schools including Kilinochchi Ramanathapuram West Government Tamil Mixed School, J/ Punkudutivu Maha Vidyalayam, J/Mallakam Maha Vidyalayam and retired from government service after serving as the Deputy Principal of Kokuvil Hindu College.

After retirement he joined Palali Teacher Training College as a part time lecturer and served there for a considerable period until he was appointed as the principal of Aston International School in Inuvil where he served for a considerable period of time.

He was a cricketer and worked so enthusiastically to promote cricket in Jaffna peninsula that he was elected as the treasurer of the Jaffna District Cricket Association.

I am penning this account because our friend and comrade Devarajah left us for good on Januaray 16th, one month ago at the age of 81 after a brief illness. Indeed it is a great loss not only for his family but also for the people of Jaffna.

Devarajah was against the LTTE. Hence it is a miracle that he lived so long because many of those who were against the LTTE were not allowed to live. May be he was not harmed because many in the area respected him. When I visited Jaffna to address the Annual Meeting of the Jaffana District Branch of Ceylon Teachers’ Union in 2004 he was not scared to criticize the LTTE before a gathering for charging the passengers an exorbitant amount who travelled from Omanthei to Muhamalei in the LTTE buses, which was a monopoly of them. Indeed, it was more than a miracle not to get killed in a war theatre where the Sri Lankan Army, The IPKF and the LTTE fought bitter battles for nearly 30 years.

*Premalal Bertie Ranaweerage – Former president of Ceylon Teachers’ Union

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    Very interesting narration It reflected the hospitality of Jaffna man . he should have tasted Palmyra Toddy that contains Vitamin C… LTTE should have joined hands with JVP as both are youth groups. The issue was JVP too was following Singhala’s only policy. LTTE disposed of informers and Traitors

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    Dear Mr. P. B. Ranaweerage
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    A very touching and a candid and welcome tribute to a former colleague and a friend, with such detailed recollection of your personal experience from decades ago. It goes way beyond even that as it genuinely and sincerely crosses language and race barriers, a sentiment that the nation urgently needs, and have been needing for a long, long time. Every such little “drop in the bucket” of humanity in an environment of unrelenting revengeful racism, despite half a century of misery, is to be treasured. We can only pray for more such drops to get that bucket brimful before the nation goes through another cycle of venomous divisionary cheerleading, no matter which side.
    .
    In that interest, it was indeed unfortunate that you would state “it is a miracle that he lived so long because many of those who were against the LTTE were not allowed to live” a statement you yourself effectively contradict with the next one “in 2004 he was not scared to criticize the LTTE before a gathering for charging the passengers an exorbitant amount who travelled from Omanthei to Muhamalei in the LTTE buses.”
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    Quite unfortunate that you would too help solidify a convenient myth and falsehood that not just the Sinhala regimes but even Tamil politicians and political aspirers find quite self-serving, and use to the hilt despite knowing the truth to the contrary. Consider your own confession that having lived all your life in a country that uses principally two languages, the most you were able to learn were just three words of Tamil, one of them filth! Truth is not necessarily always readily obvious, just because you live within arm’s length of reality!
    .
    Truly thankful for the sincerity and humanity you showed in your article.

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    what is the purpose of this article?

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      rajash

      when you see a well written article about yesteryear just enjoy it.Don’t ask for its purpose.however it seems obvious to everyone except paranoid suspicious people that the the author is writing about someone he liked and respected who passed away.

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        “my-friend-in-jaffna-who-criticized-the-ltte-in-public”
        the point I am trying to make is the article is soured by reference to LTTE .

        he could have chosen my
        “my first journey to Jaffna to meet my Tamil friend”

        but if CT decide on the title …then my question is to the editors of CT

        what is the purpose of this article…
        to keep LTTE alive?

        or is to narrate a strong friendship of a Tamil and a Sinhalese who do no speak each others language?

        and did the CT editorial by the choice of the title miss a trick and opportunity …..?

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      Mr. Ranaweerage.
      Thank you for your article about Devarajah. You did not mention about the Principal of Palali Teacher Training College where you say you visited. He is Mr. Kanagalingam a friend of mine. I visited the College in Feb 1980.

      The busses that operated from Omanthai to Muhamalai belong to Private persons. They took turn to operate in addition to old A40s and Austin and Morris cars. All private. LTTE made sure the fare was fare and prevented over charging. The vehicles ran on kerosene and spare parts were not available because of embargo. You must check information to ensure you speak the truth. I lived in Kilinochchi and travelled to Jaffna and Colombo many times a year from 1994 to 2007.

      LTTE’s Education Secretariat respected teachers and ensured that teachers received training. They encouraged education staff to ensure teaching and learning continued even during multiple displacement of schools, teachers and students.

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        The principal was indeed very friendly and helpful . he was even ready to summon all the trainees for a meeting with us but we did not want to interrupt their studies .That is why H.N asked to summon only class leaders .
        Thank you for your comments

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    ….can any one talk against or criticize Gota?

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      rajash

      two wrongs do not make a right.Long ago a muslim gem merchent told me that people who criticise are your friends and those who praise are your enemies.I cherish those words of wisdom always.If i am praised i don’t even say thank you ,but if iam criticised i immediately have a good think about it and change course if necessary.If prabhaharan had followed that principle without killing those who criticise him and lavishing affection on those who praised him,he would not have ended in a train wreck.Same for gota too who seems to have learned his lesson after the defeat in elections in 2015 and had to go up and down to courts every day.

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      If you go to face book you will see that Gota is being criticised by many

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    Thanks for this narrative. I was a trainee at GTC, Maharagama, from 1970-71, and we had sports links with Palaly Training College. I also knew HN Fernanado in his role as the secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union.

    Wasn’t HN’s sister married to Rohana Wijeweera?

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      Yes . H.N did not give consent to the marriage for his sister knew nothing of politics let alone Marxism. It was H.N’s younger brother Dr, Chandra Fernando who forced her to get married to Wijeweera

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    It was more than a miracle that he lived long, the good he was doing to this area is more powerful than to think of doing things to loose him, There is no force so powerful Help , The more you help others, the more they will want to help he had the habit of development/acheivement for all people that has diverting minds if they were to think of loosing him

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    Thank you for writing this article in honour of a Brave Sri Lankan who knew what is right and what is wrong and stood for what is right and decent.

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    yalpanam or Jaffna as it is still known as was the calmest peaceful salubrious part of the island that most of the honorable Sinhalese loved to visit.
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    the brown rice flour idiyappam [ string hoppers ], the kuruankan pittu the paal [ milk hoppers, the dishes made out of goats the delicacy of the always available seafood and most of all the ravishing kool made out of many a sea living animal or a mammal was what the then peaceful Sinhala visitors loved to thrive on during their most welcomed visits.
    =
    today after the culmination of the more than 30-year-old cancerous cursed war, the quality and socially ill-reputed low-class Yakko’s who are like unruly bulldogs or insane wild buffaloes are streaming in and out in stampedes similar to the American wild west.?
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    most of them end up as honorable paying guests who bring in the much needed poor malnourished folks of the Jaffna peninsula.
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    there are a few who with their kith and kin who are serving as the most unwelcome members of the occupying invaded armed forces force their ways into the improvised homes of the hapless tamils demand on the barrel of the gun for freebies by which I meant free board and lodging where the residents do not even receive a cent for their vain efforts.?
    =
    these corrupt unruly drugged up members of the armed forces are also responsible selling the prohibited by law drugs to the cash-rich youths who thanks mainly to their relatives who have been able to go overseas as lawful residents or refugees are able to forward the much needed foreign currencies.
    they with these funds are also able to purchase top of the range expensive motorcycles and they with their limited riding skills are menaces on the roads.

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      johnpillai

      “cash-rich youths who thanks mainly to their relatives who have been able to go overseas as lawful residents or refugees are able to forward the much needed foreign currencies.”

      this is a big mistake they are making ruining the younger generation without even realising it.You can see the difference between a tiger(pardon the pun) in the zoo which is fed and the tiger in the wild which has to hunt for its food.Who will win if they have to compete with each other for their livelihoods one day?

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    Devarajah was helped by his brother in law who was in the education Dept. Author might know him as well.

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    The author has expressed his thoughts on Mr Devarajah very well. As a left oriented trade union his stand against UNP is very clear. I don’t know why he touched JVP and LTTE in this article because his knowledge and understanding of the liberation struggle of LTTE and the motiveless JVP struggle. I don’t know how survived JVP brutality during their second term. He also mentioned about the in re instatement of strikers by Ranil and not by Premadasa. This suggests that there may be a political motive behind this article.

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      ajith

      ” I don’t know why he touched JVP and LTTE in this article because his knowledge and understanding of the liberation struggle of LTTE and the motiveless JVP struggle.”

      Rohana wijeweera was a racist fucker.the JVP in the south are the karawe and the LTTE in the north was karayar.Both are the same caste of the people who came from the coramandel coast.Wijeweera sought to ignore this because he had grandiose dreams that with communism the caste factor will be ditched and he can become the leader of sri lanka.now belatedly elelction after election the JVP has realised they will only get their stock votes from their won caste and suddenly have developed an affection for their long lost caste members the karayar. Belatedly they have realised that caste is unbreakable in sinhalese society and karawe will not be trusted by the govigama same as the karayar will not be trusted by the vellalas to lead them.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coromandel_Coast#/media/File:India_Coromandel_Coast_locator_map.svg

      “He also mentioned about the in re instatement of strikers by Ranil and not by Premadasa. This suggests that there may be a political motive behind this article.”

      why don’t you just check whether it is true without jumping to such conclusions.The author may be just stating a fact.If JRJ told to reinstate the strikers then ranil also would have followed his uncle’s orders definitely.What you have to check is whther preme ignored JRJ’s instructions.There are times where he openly disagreed with his boss JRJ,like when he signed the indo lanka accord.

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      No political motive at all ..I am not affiliated to any political party

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    It is generally forgotten that H.N. Fernando had a memorable association with Jaffna. He was among the younger generation of intellectually sophisticated and articulate leftists, who faced arrest in the South when JR tried to run the country like a massive tea estate. The ceasefire in 1985 opened the prospect of his coming to Jaffna as a refugee, where he lived two or three years. His associates were up to seven years senior to me in age. One of them I came to know well is Wimal Fernando. They had fallen out with the Old Left, whom they found to be too timid.
    I used to meet HN at the home of Kugamoorthy, where he also had A.J. Canagaratna, with Krishnakumar and Someswary and their children. Kugamoorthy was a live wire who helped everyone who came to him.
    That was a time Jaffna appeared to many who were frustrated with JR’s regime as a place of revolutionary ferment. One of HN’s visitors asked him about the several militant groups in Jaffna. HN’s memorable answer, characteristic of his wit, was, “They are building several armies, each one like the Sri Lankan Army.” Jaffna had then gathered many refugees particularly from the communal violence in 1977 and 1983. The rise of the LTTE began the reverse flow of refugees.

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      I learnt that Kugamoorthy was killed by state armed forces while he was in Colombo and his body was not to be seen, dumped somewhere.

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      Jaffna was H N’s second home . He was looked after by Jaffna teachers when JR wanted to arrest him .

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      I hope to write on H.N. and his bond with Jaffna

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        Thanks. Look forward to it.

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    Bertie Ranaweerage

    My Friend In Jaffna Who Criticized The LTTE In Public

    *** What a lovely story and shall I say written no doubt to remember a man who gave you linch but also to give credit to someone who was willing to critisize LTTE.
    I think you have a great memory to remember some like Devaraj who died a natural death but many others died tragic deaths such as Mr.Ananthararajah head of St Johns College.
    But even more importantly the deaths of ” Krishanthi” and many others who died a brutal death at the hands of barbaric sinhalese soldiers and that is what sticks in our mind.
    By the way had you gone to Mallakam Hindu College on a Monady morning you might have caught a glimpse of ” Wiggy” who used to go past Mallakam Hindu college to the Magistrates Court in his white volkswagon after dropping his sister at Uduvil Girls College. I will have some news about this Thevaraj later on after I have checked with my sources

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    Bertie

    I have checked and found out the following. He may have critisized the LTTE but he was not a supporter of GOSL either. I understand as you say he comes from Inuvil and a member of NPTA but he was punished by GOSL for going on strike aganist Govrnment Policies and out of taching for 3 years. The then Principal of Mallakam Hindu Mr.Mahadevan refused to reinstate him so he joined Kokkuvil Hindu College. So him being a Critic of LTTE doesnt amount to much which is your point as any one who critises LTTE is a bit of ” THEVAMIRTHAM” in the eyes of Gotha lovers.

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      What I wanted was to show Devarajah was a fearless person . that is why I said that he criticized the LTTE. He was a leftist until the last days of his life as far as I know .He never supported any government

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    Nice to see Anpu and Kali in these pages after ages.!

    Rajan Hoole.
    Do you think the LTTE deliberately positioned the Sutro Weir for the reverse flow?

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    Part 1

    Frankly I find this Article hilarious. Without wishing to be too critical of both the writer and the comments let me pick some holes.
    I don’t believe a word of what he says is real apart from the fact that he may have met Thevaraj some where.
    One comment was he found it very touching. I wouldn’t even touch it with a barge pole.
    1) It was on a day in the first week of July in 1980. I boarded the early morning Jaffna bound train at Fort Railway Station, Colombo, reserved a seat for my friend Mr. H.N. Fernando, then President of Ceylon Teachers’ Union, the most powerful teachers’ union in the island at that time.
    *** Writer didn’t know it was a Sunday but maybe Fernando knew it was Sunday and that is why he didn’t turn up.
    2) He boards up the train hoping to arrive at Palali Teachrs Training College hoping to Gate Crash as according to him there was no pre arranged invitation.
    3) He struck up a conversation with a Tamil gentleman seated in the front seat. He gave him the necessary guidelines to get to Mallakam which was an indescribable relief to me.
    *** I am in terrible pain up to now laughing
    4) It was past noon when I got off the train at Jaffna from where I got a bus to Jaffna town. *** You could have walked
    5) At the Jaffna bus station I was guided to a Kankasanthuri bus by a Tamil who could speak a little English.

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    Part 2

    6) After forty five minutes or so I reached Mallakam.

    *** Journey time is right
    7) In five minutes I was in front of the school.

    ***The bus stops almost a minute from the School
    8) Alas! The school gate was locked with a big iron chain and a padlock .There was not a single soul in the school premises to be seen.

    *** It was only then I remembered that it was a Sunday. H N Fernando knew

    9) In addition to Vanga Ponga I would have said Madai Payale
    10) Half an hour or so later Deva returned home and immediately invited me for lunch which had been prepared for me and H.N. . But he didn’t know you were coming
    *** What a Joke HN never boarded the train and how did he suddenly appear. Was he energized and de energized like in Star Trek
    11) In the evening he took me on his bike round the village and invited me to have some Palmirah toddy which I declined as I was a dedicated JVPer at that time. Now I repent for not accepting his invitation.
    *** No you were drunk before you had the toddy.
    12) In the early morning on the following day H.N. Fernando arrived at Deva’s home having travelled from Timbaktu. H N had lunch already
    Man I give up I would have been happier in a Mental Hospital not Palali Teacher Training College

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      Thanks for your criticism.
      I have not written everything that happened before the journey during the journey and after the journey .In an article you dont write every thing that comes to your head because then nobody will read it

      I had posted a letter to Devarajah infoming him of our impending visit to Jaffna on the instruction of HN. There I mentioned the date ..That is why he had prepared lunch for us .
      As H.N had missed the morning train he had come to Jaffna in the night mail train .That is why he could get to Devaraja’s home early in the morning .

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        kali,the mantle of hercule poirot has already been won by Dr.gnana sankaralingam who astutely pointed out the flaws in the ms francis bannister case.You are a very poor copy cat indeed and bertie’s answers have knocked you out of the running for hercule poirot and dr.gnana retains the title for the second time.Thank you.

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    Part 1

    Let me address you as Mr. Ranaweerage:
    and ask you a few questions and they are not MCQ .
    I dont want to embarrass you more than I have done compared to some who have said that they were touched. I wasnt touched but I smelt a Rat.

    You are an intelligent person so you cant wriggle out of this

    1) Because you were planning to travel with H.N. Fernando, then President of Ceylon Teachers’ Union, the most powerful teachers’ union in the island at that time. you are not a lay person
    He had promised to accompany me to Jaffna as it was my first ever visit to the North and my purpose of the visit was to meet with the teacher–trainees in the Palali Teacher Training College .

    *** Question One? . Did you inform them and fix a date as you were going with the President of the all powerful similar to going with Gotha.

    2) Fortunately a chap came to me and said something in Tamil. I told him in English why I came to school. To make the long story short he took me to the house of school principal which was 200 or so meters away who was none other than Mr.Mahadevan as I said in my 2nd posting.

    *** Question two : You said ” I had posted a letter to Devarajah informing him of our impending visit to Jaffna on the instruction of HN. Surely my friend he would have known the date so he would have advised you of the Route and that where he will be meeting you if on Sunday

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      KALI
      Thanks for your interest in a trip I made nearly thirty years ago
      1 We never make prior appointment with the authorities of schools or teacher training colleges We just go to a school , meet the principal and say why we are there.Then they make arrangements for us to talk to teachers.

      2 There was no need for Devarajah to inform us of the route as I was to go with H N. as he knew Jaffna like the back of his hand . He had friends in every nook and corner in the peninsula

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    Paer 2

    3) He gave me the directions to get to Devarajah’s house situated at Inuvil on KKS road. Now I had to travel for a few miles back to get to Inuvil. Within 45 minutes I was able get to his home but he was not home as he had gone to water his red onion cultivation. ,

    4) So it was the same day and you said the food was ready. for both you and H N Fernando

    You then say “As H.N had missed the morning train he had come to Jaffna in the night mail train .That is why he could get to Devaraja’s home early in the morning” . So he knew where Devarajas house was but you didn’t .

    I dont want to prolong your agony. I wrest my case.

    I will be happy to answer questions from anyone except those who are not in Sound Mind

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    The writer is not a lay person. He tried to pull a fast one and got caught by the French Detective . He belongs to the almighty Teachers Union and was supposed to travel with the President without any itenary and unannounced . If this is the standard of Teachers in Sri Lanka Gor help them . No overnight luggage and nowhere to stay in a Bandit Country and everyone fell for the trick. The story dosent quite add up despite damage lomotation.

    That has upset “Gotha Lovers” and ” Kali HATERS” and no doubt they will come forward in due course and identofy themselves and we will know who they are. We live in Hope.. Frankly I dont give a Damn

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      “got caught by the French Detective . “

      don’t try to usurp the throne like what sankili did.The rightful heir is Dr.Gnana.

      ps.btw hercule poirot is Belgian,not french.Don’t confuse with hercules btw.

      “That has upset “Gotha Lovers”

      people are saying he is now good gota and not to worry about white vans sent by bad gota.Leopard can change its spots through evolution(darwins theory,not mine)

      ps.you might think french or belgian so what. Sinhalese or tamil so what.

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        Shankar

        No Gotha lover. This is now Palam Laddu . We will catch up next time when you pop up. I know Sinkalams Stick & Lick together . You are right he has no money now because he is banned by India to go to Beiging with a ” Pichai Pathiram”. It is now austerity and so instead of white vans he is using Motorbikes which is Cheaper. I know you have a hot line to Gotha can you ask him why he was furious when Weerathunga was arrested. I want to investage as “Poirot” the detective. Look forward to hearing in English not unedible language. What have you got against Dr.Gnana is it because he is Tamil & you are not and he speaks the Truth.

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          kali
          “What have you got against Dr.Gnana is it because he is Tamil & you are not and he speaks the Truth.”

          nothing.I have the utmost respect for the good doctor.When he said that the video recording that showed ms francis bannister entering the teachers flat did not show the intelligence operators entering and was obviously deleted,i was reminded of hercule poirot.I never miss the tv series of david suchet in agatha cristie’s hercule poirot.hercule poirot would have said the same thing.

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        Shankar you Sinkalam

        What rubbish are you talking about. Are you in sound mind or going through Dementia. Talk sense man.
        What is the relevance of Darwins Theory to this man. You lot are still primitive not Evolved .Even African have moved on not you lot idiot.

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          kali
          Shankar you Sinkalam
          a few years ago when i attacked the LTTE for ethnic cleansing the muslims in jaffna,you said ‘shankar you muslim masquerading as a tamil”.Now after a long time you have come back and changed me from muslim to sinkalam.
          ps.i don’t mind as long as you consider me still as a sri lankan.
          “What is the relevance of Darwins Theory to this man”
          people say a leopard can’t change its spots.I was thinking of the panther which is a leopard without the spots and black in colour.people are saying they have seen a panther in sri lanka and describe it as a large black cat.darwin propounded his theory of evolution based on the species that he found in galapagos islands and madagascar which said existed due to the isolated nature of these islands.
          sri lanka is also an island and we srilankans will be somewhat unique compared to others in this world due to ourselves evolving features and traits that are not in the rest of the world due to our isolation for thousands of years.Though iam mistaken for a indian in western countries,i know iam not an indian,not because i was born in sri lanka,but because i just don’t feel like an indian,many of whom i have met and i don’t see any similarities in traits though we look the same.
          if you believe that leopard can’t change its spots then bad gota cannot change into a good gota and maybe just wearing a mask now and an actor like ranjan ramanayaka. .However it has been proved that people can change and have changed in this world.So i believe it fits the darwins theory that due to changes in the environment in order to survive all living things adapt and change like a leopard losing its spots and becoming a panther.

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    I should have added that the message from the Gotha Lover was coded and certainly not English which I couldnt understand other than have a feeling of belonging for thr writer as he was very upset.

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    Thanks for a great article Bertie. Whenever there is a story about Jaffna, I read it very enthusiastically.

    Like your friend HN’s, Jaffna is my 2nd home too. But my wife doesn’t like me discussing stories about Jaffna because she knows I was up to mischief.

    Kali obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about. When you said you had to take the Bus from Mallakam to Inuvil he asked why you didn’t take the train instead. He doesn’t know Inuvil is South of Mallakam.

    Well, I must say you should not have just had Toddy, Goat Meat, Red Rice String hoppers, but you should have had something else too. If you know what I mean.

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      Shamal Perera

      You are another Toddy drinker drunk on Kassipu. You are another Gotha Lover another NUT CASE and a bloody LIAR just like Gotha . Read through and show the readers where I have said ” Bus from Mallakam to Inuvil he asked why you didn’t take the train instead. He doesn’t know Inuvil is South of Mallakam.
      For your information in the following Order Mallakan , Chunnakam , Marathnamadm, and then Inuvil . You Sinkalam Jafnna is not your 2nd Home and if is can you tell me wher Sankanai is and where Verapathirar Kovil is wher Iyanar Kovil is where Mathanai Temple is. Once you have answered these I will give you another list.
      The writer got caught lying and you are sticking up for him.

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    Retarded Shamal,

    Since Jaffna is your 2nd home and once you have answered the first bactch of questions can you tell me how far away Nachimar Kovil is from Marathnamadam and what is the Journey time and what is the best means of Transport. Your wife I take it is Tamil so she must be able to answer. but if she is untouchable she might not know

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    A lot of young people deceived by your JVP and falsely believed a left organization.

    It is a sin.

    JVP is always against the minority. That was the reason the founder secretary (a gentleman) left JVP.

    It was a shameful article and showing ugly activities

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