2 October, 2020

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National Leadership Of R. Sampanthan

By Harsha Gunasena

Harsha Gunasena

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is being criticized these days due to their participation in the meeting convened by the Prime Minister at Temple Trees of the parliamentarians of the last parliament. Ajith P. Perera and Sujeewa Senasinghe, former UNP parliamentarians and now members of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) came in a private television channel recently and accused the TNA of having a deal with the government. A candidate of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) of the forthcoming general election also expressed same sentiments. Members of the SJB have already forgotten that their leader got almost all the Tamil votes at the last presidential election due to the intervention of the TNA.

Throughout our history after the independence, political parties in the North did not effectively contribute to the politics of the Centre.

There were two independent Tamil ministers in the first parliament of Sri Lanka. Later G.G. Ponnambalam, the leader of the All Ceylon Tamil Congress joined the government as a minister. The second parliament had one independent Tamil minister and two Tamil ministers of the United National Party (UNP). In addition to them G.G. Ponnambalam also was in the cabinet. Under the Premiership of Sir John Kotelawala there were two Tamil ministers in the cabinet, one was from the UNP and the other came from the Senate.

Sampanthan

There were no Tamil ministers in the cabinets of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike in 1956, of Dudley Senanayake in March 1960, and of Sirimavo Bandaranaike in July 1960. In 1965 Dudley Senanayake government came into an agreement with the Federal Party to give a solution to the national problem. Accordingly, M. Tiruchelvam became a minister of that government. However, Tiruchevam and the Federal Party moved away from the government in 1968 since the agreement was failed.

C. Kumarasurior was a cabinet minister of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government in 1970. In the governments of JR Jayewardene, K.W. Devanayagam and C.Rajadurai of the UNP were cabinet ministers. In addition to them S. Thondaman of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) was also a minister. Thondaman was the only Tamil minister of the governments of R. Premadasa and D.B. Wijetunga. In addition to him, Lakshman Kadirgamar was also in the cabinet of Chandrika Kumaratunga.    

Thereafter the Tamil ministers of Sri Lankan governments were from the CWC, the National Union of Workers, the Upcountry Peoples Front (political parties of the plantations), the Democratic People’s Front (Mano Ganesan), the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party ( Douglas Devananda) and the UNP.

Therefore the main political parties in the North were represented in Sri Lankan cabinets only by G.G. Ponnambalam and M. Tiruchelvam. Additionally, A. Amirthalingam was the leader of opposition in 1977 and R. Sampanthan was the leader of opposition in 2015.

Therefore, at the initial stages Tamil political parties contributed to the national level activities and subsequently they were mainly engaged in provincial politics. Their voice was not prominent in the parliament in national issues other than the ethnic problem. The role played by Amirthalingam at the national level was limited. He was locked up in ethnic issue. Subsequently the then government passed laws forcing them to move out of the parliament. 

In contrast to this situation the TNA with the leadership of R. Sampanthan gradually entered into the national level politics. Singing of national anthem in Tamil soon after the end of the war was promoted by the leadership of Sampanthan. This was prohibited by the Liberation Tigers. It was Sampanthan who brought Vigneswaran to Presidential Secretariat to take oath as the Chief Minister although it could have been done in Jaffna. The government at that time grossly ignored these political messages.   

It was Sampanthan who boldly said that the approval of majority Sinhalese is needed to arrive at a lasting solution to the ethnic problem. It was the TNA led by Sampanthan which supported the progressive work of the previous government from the opposition. When the leaders of the previous government, Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe  were moving very slowly to establish a new constitution by not giving political leadership to the process contrary to the promises made it was the TNA led by Sampanthan which supported the democratic process of the government ignoring the possible challenge coming from their electorate. 

When the President of our Democracy launched a rebellion against the very Democracy in October 2018, the TNA led by Sampanthan was one of the parties which came forward against it and supported one of the petitions filed at the Supreme Court.

The TNA led by Sampanthan supported the government established thereafter which did not have a clear majority in the parliament. While all these things were happening, they were not able to get released all the Tamil prisoners who were in prisons with out any charges for a long time. 

At that time, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) which was in the opposition accused the government and the TNA of having a deal.

At the last presidential election, the TNA led by Sampanthan made sure that almost all the Tamil votes were given to Sajith Premadasa.

A former member of parliament of TNA, M.A. Sumanthiran played a crucial role in questioning the position taken by the President in the current constitutional crisis. When he was asked whether he will go to courts in this respect he said he will if the problem cannot be solved after presenting the facts to the former Speaker and to the President. 

Accordingly, the opposition political leaders sent a very positive and responsible letter to the President and they got an unexpected aggressive response. Thereafter the SJB said that they will not participate the meeting convened by the Prime Minister. UNP also declined to participate although previously they said they would participate.

In this background the TNA said that it will attend the meeting which is a positive act under democratic traditions. One does not have to refuse to participate in democratic processes even though the other party is arrogant. At the meeting, the TNA criticized the steps taken by the government in this constitutional crisis.   

According to the current position the President is adamant in his stand and matters will have to be settled at the courts. It was reported that one of the petitions filed will be supported by Sumanthiran. The SJB and the Centre for Policy Alternatives also have filed fundamental rights petitions.

The opposition accuses the TNA of having a deal with the government  in this background.

These accusations are very much similar to the accusations levelled against the TNA by the SLPP during the previous regime. On one hand the TNA is getting matured politically and entering into the national politics and on the other hand the SJB is following the disgraceful political actions followed by the SLPP some time back. By this disgraceful political action both the SLPP and SJB expect to get the votes of Sinhala voters whom they think fools.

Therefore, we should appreciate the mediation of the TNA at this uncertain time. They are in the process of increasing their contribution to the national politics gradually. We can see the response to their process by their voters in the near future.

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    Mr. Harsa Gunasena,
    Are you supporting UNP or SLPP (SLFP) or TNA? What is the difference between UNP and SLFP for the past seven decades? Are you talking about nationalism or Sinhala racism? The fact is that there was no nationalism in the Sinhala national politics. It is always Sinhala racism plays its tricks to cheat Tamil politicians. Why did Sinhalese voted to Gotabaya (American) instead of Srilankan Sajith Premadasa? Why Mahinda called all MPs of former parliament after his brother dissolved parliament? Mahinda always makes a deals and what deals he made with TNA? Why President Gota did not call all previous MPs? Who is ruling this country now? Mahinda or Gota? Are you making all ou us fools?

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      I am supporting none of them and talking about nationalism not racism.

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        Harsha, there is nothing wrong with nationalism. Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King were all nationalists. It is when nationalism imposes its will on others, then it becomes racism. In Sri Lanka demand to make Sinhala as official language is nationalism, but demand to make Sinhala only as official language is racism. The reason given for making Sinhala as official language was that a Sinhala person does not know what is happening and cannot get involved in governance when administered in English, holds true for Tamils also. People who said that Sinhalese are at sea when English is official language did not bother about Tamils being at sea when Sinhala is official language. Majority of Sinhalese did not want Tamil to be made official language until it was forced upon them from outside. See what is happening. Despite Tamil being made an official language in 1987 on par with Sinhala, it is still being implemented in the breach by successive governments. This is the difference between nationalism and racism.

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          No. All the points you have raised comes under racism. Nationalism has nothing to do with those. Nationalism under democracy is to safeguard the interests of minorities as well, not only the majority. Nationalism includes every one in Sri Lanka and excludes none. Therefore nationalism cannot impose its will on others.It is based on consensus.
          I appreciate if you can write about the points raised in my article

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            HG
            Can you offer a universal definition of a nation before you debate on it?
            To denounce as racism the aspirations of what seem a mere minority to one and a nationality or even a nation to another is unfair.
            Without addressing the aspirations of what may be called either a minority nationality or a national minority there can be no unity.
            When Sinhala nationalism substituted itself for what could have been Sri Lankan nationalism, non-Sinhalese were pushed into asserting their identity.
            I never advocated secession, but to avoid secessionist tendencies ethnic identities should be respected and granted significant autonomy.

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              Question of nation- I can give you an example, India in which there are sevaral ethnicities.
              I did not denounce the aspirations of minority as racism.
              You all have pre-conceived ideas. That is the issue. Please read my comment in an open mind.

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                HG
                I asked for a definition not examples.
                BTW, do the Nagas, Manipurs and Kashmiris think of themselves as part of that nation? Are they racists?
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                If you think that everyone but you has preconceived ideas, it is time that you did some serious soul-searching.
                Should an open mind be blind to the implications of your calling any form of nationalism other than that of the state (or the majority) as racism?

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        Raja–Virodhi SAMBANDAN big supporter of the LTTE leader Prabakaran. Every thing he did as per the Prabakaran. He knew same things happening to him same as to Amirthalingam. Still, Sambandan is a Terrorists Oriented man.

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        Raja–Virodhi SAMBANDAN big supporter of the LTTE leader Prabakaran. Everything he did as per the Prabakaran. He knew the same things happening to him the same as Amirthalingam. Still, Sambandan is a Terrorists Oriented man. What NATIONALISM? Tamils are TAMILS, Sinhalese Aryans, Sinhalese, Chinese are Chinese, Japanese are Japanese, Fiji is Fijians, Cambodians are Cambodians, Malaysians are Malaysians, Thais are Thais, Koreans are Koreans etc

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          Mrs Perera,

          No,for the sake of the SRILANKENS I must beg to differ,
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          If Senior Politician of the day – is branded to Rajawirodhi what would you think about
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          Daglas Dewananda and all other tamil politicians were kept above during the high days of authoritarian regime number 01 until 2015?

          JVPrs in power today?

          Wasidhewa the DRIED pumpkin of the virulent bunch – was all wirodhi in my younger days…. but he is tamed by some BISCUITs given to him by Rajapakhe Rascals… dont you think so ?

          Wimal Buruwanse, was then a king of Raja Virodhi, even if he has been tamed by some wealth offered to him today .

          If we point the finger at them, all other fingers are already directed to us or not ?
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          Clear and clean your brain before coming to rabblerouse on this platform – there you got fully wrong.
          .

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            Patta pal horu ( King of thieves) would repeat it again – please listen to the below video

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYW-Yj_dydM

            Now though they announced to have received some funds – knowing the ground realities in the country – they have made every effort to block the funds.
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            Can you imagine guys ?
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          Then Singaporean???

          Ok Mr. PERE RA s cannot be sinhalese…What is your caste ?

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            Don’t ask my cast? Racists are better than Terrorists, you can find who are racists and terrorists. Terrorists, killing human beings but racists never killing human beings

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        Mr. Harsha,
        If you support the true nationalism, then it is great. But How can TNA contribute to Nationalism by corporating with current rulers (SLPP) and the current president who is a dictator and racist?
        You said;
        Therefore, we should appreciate the mediation of the TNA at this uncertain time.

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          In a democracy attending a meeting is not extending the support. At the parliament all the parties get together and debate. TNA attended the meeting and critisized the stance of the government. What they have done was correct.
          It is so simple but I had to write an article to prove it correct and still I am not successful.
          TNA is contributing to nationalism because they are working for the national interest. Thay try their best to resolve the issue.

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            Mr.Harsha,

            TNA did not only attend the common Prime Ministers meeting, they also had a special separate meeting with Mahinda. This was confirmed by Mahinda. What for that meeting? You should remember during the presidential election time TNA offered to discuss with major Sinhala parties (SLPP, UNP) but they refused to meet them.Why now? After that meeting Mahinda praised and told that Tamils problem will be solved now. What is that mean?

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              If the Tamils problem will be solved, all of us should be happy. The only way to solve it to take forward the process for new constitition initiated by the previous government.
              Any party at any time can have meetings with other parties. My objection in the article was that the rival sinhala parties throughout the history when they are in opposition blamed Tamil parties for having deals with the governing party. In two instances they openly objected the materialised such deals. If not we all would have been better off now.

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        Dear Harsha Gunasena,
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        My sincere thanks to you
        on behalf of all Sinhalese-speaking people, for having decided to actually write sympathetically about the most politically prominent of the Tamil-speakers in this land of ours “Where every prospect pleases, and Man alone is vile”.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7DNoPsMWL4
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        You will enjoy listening to those three minutes, but I remember how shocked my daughter was when she first followed the words. It takes an effort to appreciate a different perspective – and excuse some blunders that are made. Those are the original words, but one place name is often changed through cowardice. No prize for guessing which! My thanks to the Singaporean choir for sticking to the original.
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        It requires maturity to acknowledge the sincerity of another person and to set it all in context.
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      Ajith,
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      in today s context, cant you see it yet the difference between UNP and SLFP baiyas ?.
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      alone today just after 7 months since the brutal brother duo in power
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      1) People s real grievances are totally ignored
      – right at the moment, no matter the number of the COVID 19 infecting are drastically on an rise – they continue their self-glorifications about reopening the manner powerful western nations have beenupto.

      From day before yesterday to yesterday – number went up from 771 to 823 during last night, not a single news clip was found to have been telling the truth..
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      is that not similar to what they have been experiencing in NORTH KOREA today ?
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      2) Former GOVT was governed by that ULTRA stupid man SIRISENA who has been struggling to show his face today – being thrown to the corner by almsot 99% of people of this country – but Mr Wickramasinghe was the head of the cabinet which was highly abused by Sirisena.
      .
      did not we see, that external affairs became in favour of the nation…
      didnot we notice the freedom of express became comparable to that of western coutnries ?
      who brought those independent police commission or other commissions in to implementation – even if they are not yet fully independent ?

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        leelagemaali,
        The differences you described are not relevant to solutions the TNA expected from UNP government regarding the powers to North East provincial councils, release of political prisoners who are in jail for several years, and justice the victims of those who are murdered during the Rajapakse regime. Even they couldn’t give more powers to Kalmunai Tamil Predesiya saba as promised. It is true Rajapakse’s Srisenas have done more damage to Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese but UNP protected them as well.

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    “in the third parliament other than Ponnambalam there were two Tamil ministers…”
    GGP joined government in 1948 as minister. He continued as minister in thge Second Parliament until Dudley S. was PM but Sir John K. did not want him. He was never a minister after 1953.
    (The Third Parliament of Ceylon was led by SWRDB. There is a mistake there.)
    Thiruchelvan, like Kumarasooriyar after him, was not an elected MP.
    Rajadurai elected on TULF ticked crossed over to the UNP.
    The way things were no member of the cabinet strictly represented “Tamil aspirations” since Thiruchelvam.
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    The TULF was thoroughly discredited by 1983 and was badly defeated in elections held after the Indo-Lanka accord of 1987. The TNA was created after Anandasangaree usurped the name board of the TULF with help from CBK, and the TNA compromised with the LTTE purely to get elected.
    It is still elected purely by default as there is no credible alternative.
    As a parliamentary party the TNA may seem more ‘democratically’ oriented. But its credibility among Tamils is pathetic as it has failed to deliver on its pledges, especially since 2015.
    TNA is a UNP proxy for all intents, and shown a knack to place its bets on wrong horses.
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    Yet the charges against it by opportunist political parties of the South are not motivated by democratic considerations.

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      What you have stated in the first paragraph is correct. I have made a mistake there. Thanks for pointing it out. We will correct it.

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      SJ, Your thrill at running down TNA withassumptions does not surprise me. Look at Sri Lanka politics in real terms. Which horses do you think that TNA should have bet on.

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        N
        Kindly let me know what the assumptions are.
        My complaints about the TNA broadly apply to all its nationalist rivals.
        The TNA should have known that the UNP will not deliver on its promises. Was it not daft to support it unconditionally?
        Sadly no horses are left for the TNA to bet on now.
        I am not pleased with anything that is happening to the Tamils. I think that the leadership has been the bane of the Tamils for long.
        If you are thrilled with the TNA, please yourself.

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          SJ, I am plucking from your previous comment: “TNA is a UNP proxy for all intents”. If this is not an assumption, then what is it.
          (By the way your allegation is an assumption!).
          “Sadly no horses are left for the TNA to bet on”. Which horse was there for TNA to begin with?
          Again, you assume: “If you are thrilled with the TNA”. I am not. There is none better than TNA to work with. Do you have?
          (English is a beautiful language. Stop abusing it!)

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            What else has been the TNA since 2009 than UNP’s proxy? Others have said it before me.
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            The TNA bet on India, South Indian politicians, the LTTE, the UNP at various times, now the International Community. The list is not exhaustive.
            *
            There is nothing assumed in saying “If you are…”. like “If you like tea have tea” does not assume anything.
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            Pluck by all means, but pluck carefully.

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    C.. Kumarasurior was not an elected MP. He was appointed minister of Telecommunication as you correctly say by Srimav, no one knows the reason for this

    Ministerial offer is used a bargaining chip sort of bribery by UNP & SLFP when there was no out right majority after the General Election to get in to power.

    Before and just after independence prominent Tamils contributed nationally .

    It was SWRD who laid the foundation for racism in Sri Lanka which over the years has increasingly polarised the communities ending up in formation of Tamil resistance.

    Emulating Singapore was a distant dream and now an impossibility

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      R
      She wanted a Tamil whom she could trust in her cabinet.
      Those were not the days that MPs had price tickets on them.
      GGP sold out to the UNP. DSS could have done without him but, the cunning man he was, muted his Tamil nationalist politics with a cabinet post. Since then, there was a stigma about joining the government, until the FP broke the taboo in 1965.

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    No Tamil politician, whichever party or non-party he came from was given a Ministry that mattered to the domestic priorities of the nation. Under this set-up any allegation that after Independence, political parties in the North did not contribute to the politics of the Centre is unfair.
    “… expect to get the votes of Sinhala voters whom they think fools”, is an opinion that sounds rhetorical. Haven’t their voting patters shown that they are!

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      What I have stated was a fact that Tamil politicians did not contribute much to the Centre. Yes I agree there were reasons for that.
      About the Sinhala voters-I have not commented on them in the article. Yes, they were carried away by the politicians. Article tries to stop that process.

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        Harsha,

        just look at the situation down there today !
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        Can we as sinhalaya express our views without being subjected to varioius attacks by rascals dominated srilanka today ?
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        Just imagine, few hundreds of students or expatriates just arriving in SL from London, sought hotel stays becasue they thought it would be better for their safety, … they were attacked by whole various lots calling them, all were cleaning toilets.

        What happened to the tolerance of our people in general ? Those repeating them to be sinhala patriots but to behave beyond ultra sinhala racists – is not overlooked in srilanken society today.
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        JVPrs, UNPrs and all others stand against RAJAPKAHE extremism are branded as NGO worker or those who work for WESTERN agendas.. but when wester coutnries offer them, package of aids – the very same rhetorics tend to be changed a lot.
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        I think lack of IMPROVEMENT of awreness is NEED of the hour. MEDIA men should get together to paint the picture being unbiased to their pay masters.
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        SIRASA is doing a good job right at the moment, else, I cant rely on ANY LOCAL news senders, tabloids coming from that country today. This is an alarming situation really.

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        HG
        Was their contribution seriously desired?
        The minorities are in fact marginalized in every state sector in this country.

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          SJ@
          Not only minorities but also anyone that would stand against the rulers would be marginalized in the days to come.
          Now their ZIMBABWIAN style regime is in making.

          So what more discourses would be necessary ?
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          They the new leaders have proved their abilities even if they did not let former men to do their job properly… Media remains biased to Rajapakshes – and the message is kept away from the grass root level of people.

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            L
            Many of us are harsh on Zimbabwe which was targetted by the West both economically with sanctions and politically by funding the enemies of the government. All of it failed for over a good two decades.
            Have we ever given thought to why Zimbabwe was targetted?
            It was the ONLY African country that delivered on its anti-colonial pledge and returned the land to its rightful owners. Views of Mugabe are far more favourable in Africa than in the West or countries that depend on their media for news and views.
            How do we compare Sri Lanka?
            The anti-imperialist record of the country from 1956 to 1977 (something that the UNP in 1965-70 would dare not dismantle fully) is now a thing of the past. The SLFP under CBK was nothing like that of her parents.
            JRJ wrecked many things which the country cannot easily redeem.
            The Rajapaksas are an outgrowth of the politics of JRJ. That is why faith in the UNP is not the way forward.

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            Dear leelagemalli,
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            What a lot of unpalatable things SJ tells us! However, it is not for nothing that I say that he’s the one who usually makes the sharpest and best-informed comments.
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            Mugabe of Zimbabwe became a nasty old man, who went on and on in autocratic style, but there is truth in what SJ says even about him.
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            Nevertheless, it’s not our business to correct people’s opinions of Mugabe – what you say is as much as most people care to listen to about him.
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            Now, if we could set Sri Lanka on a proper path – that is our responsibility.
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            Dudley’s UNP (1965-70) and CBK’s SLFP – they had their good points. Yahapalanaya cannot really be excused for allowing these rulers to return.
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            These current guys are the pits, of course. Let’s grit our teeth, hope for the best – and wish them well, because you know that thing about noses and spiting our faces.

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          1. Yes
          2. Not exactly but to a great extent. We have to work against that. The reason is that the appointments are given based on political affiliations. Parties in power are mainly Sinhalese. Therefore it is visible that Sinhalese are getting the jobs but they are from rival parties. We have to insist that the opportunities should be given to the deserved.

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            HG
            “Therefore it is visible that Sinhalese are getting the jobs…”
            It is not a matter of visibility but harsh reality.
            Without devolution of power ethnic minorities and political minorities have not much of a future.

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      Could it be that the PM or President expects his ministers to loot the country and give them their kick-back, you can cut a deal with Muslims but working a deal with Tamils is a bit difficult so do you want to make them ministers that have control over funding or just keep it within the Sinhala Bauda Family unless you find someone like Karuna, Pillian or Dogclass

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        Burt

        You are not as stupid as I thought you were. For once you are making sense. Keep up the steady flow of outpouring of shall I say Grief.

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      N
      Was not GGP Minister of Industries and Fisheries?
      You have a case, but argue carefully.

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    Harsha, some of those comments written here in CT , including Eagle Eye, N.Perera ,S.C.Pasqual, are they nationalistic or RACIST ???? By the way, now our health authority is claiming 13 of those tested positive (PCR) are supposedly false results ?????? My understanding is there are lot of false negative results with Chinese testing kits, not the other way as mentioned by our authority. These tests were supposedly performed in different sites,and now our authority is questioning reliability of the tests. This means the numbers will keep artificially coming down, which will help in conducting elections. I know for a fact a person clinically had all the symptoms(bilateral patchy Pneumonia)was tested negative six times and finally after turning positive on the seventh ,the person died due to clinical deterioration. Only our Govt has claimed more of false positive which again makes us a country like no other. Our health authority was propping up Chinese made test kits by certifying them as fool proof few days ago , when many were rejecting using due to errors.Is Lanka willingly sacrificing their citizens just to support big brother or to conduct a SHAM elections ?????

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    I am not disputing ‘the’ fact; my response was about the absence of opportunity to have done anything different.
    About the Sinhala voters, I quoted straight from your article.
    “By this disgraceful political action both the SLPP and SJB expect to get the votes of Sinhala voters whom they think fools” (para, last but 1 of the article).

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    SUGEEWA SENASINGHE AND AJITH PERERA Are the two big mouths who is responsible for breaking up UNP and created a rift between RANIL AND SAJITH for their own benefit.not one singala leader is genuine as far as tamils and their national problems .WHETHER MAHINDA RANIL OR SAJITH WANTS to use tamils as KRAPINCHA for their political cooking. or may call this AS CONDEM THEORY.TAMILS OR ANY OF THEIR LEADERS WILL NOW OR BEFORE WILL NEVER ABLE TO BALANCE OR PLEASE ALL THE SINGLA PARTIES IN THE SAME TIME.Its better for SUJEEWA AND AJITH to keep their two cents to them self.THESE TWO MODAYAS MUST KEEP IN MIND THE CONTRIBUTION SUMANTHIRAN AND SAMPANTHAN MADE IN THE CASE AGAINST SRISENAS HANDING OVER POWER FOR 52 DAYS.AT THAT TIME SUMANTHIRAN WAS TREATED LIKE SEMI GOD.NOW HE IS UNTOUCHABLE .SO LEAVE TNA ALONE TO HANDLE THEIR AFFAIRS WITH OUT GETTING EXCITED THINKING THEY ARE GOING TO SUPPORT GOTHAPAIYA.

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    Harsha Gunasena concludes his article with the following optimistic expectation.
    “We should appreciate the mediation of the TNA at this uncertain time. They are in the process of increasing their contribution to the national politics gradually. We can see the response to their process by their voters in the near future”.
    We do not know at this point of time how the voters in the Northern and Eastern Provinces respond at the Next General election.
    Whatever it may be unless the south make a radical departure in their intransigence position regarding our country nothing is going to change.
    Originally, it was the great Angarika Dharmapala in the mid nineteenth century Who postulated the Theravada Sinhala Buddhist ideology.
    The Maha Sanga and all Sinhala Buddhist intelligentsia subscribe to this ideology without any reservation.
    This ideology is above the constitution, above any elected leaders whether President or the Prime Minister or any institution, -Judiciary or executive or any international institution such as UN or any other UN agencies.
    Whether it was SWRD Bandaranaike or Dudley Senanayake, Chandrika Bandraranaike, Maithripala Srisena Ranil Wicramasinghe, Mahinda or Gotabaya could go against this ideology. If they do so, it is at their own peril.
    These leaders intoxicated with their electoral victory think that they are all-powerful, but live to regret their nativity.

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    TNA is the Foot Ball: Political Parties like the UNP, SLFP, SLPP are the two sides in the game.

    Does anyone seriously think that the TNA COULD CLINCH A DEAL, simply because they attended a meeting called by the Government; And that too by the Rajapakses who rode to Power on the basis that they do not need the Minorities?

    Anyway,one day in Politics is a long time!

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      Plato

      I dont know if you realise man you have scored an own Goal. What a game. If TNA is a Footbal there is no game with TNA. Call the match off Plato.

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    Let me first thank Harsha Gunasena for the write-up about R.Sampanthan. Rarely do we witness such magnanimity from the Sinhalese writers. Sampanthan is an honest, seasoned and plain-speaking politician who always believes in a united and undivided country. During the debates on the constitutional process, he always demanded that the final draft should receive the support of all three communities. Some overzealous Sinhalese nationalists keep abuse on him describing him as a ‘proxy’ of the LTTE. The fact of the matter is whether one likes it or not LTTE enjoyed popular support of the Tamil people. None, but the blind can dispute this fact.
    In 2005 presidential elections he wanted the LTTE to support Ranil Wickremesinghe. His logic was a bad democrat is better than a good autocrat. With Ranil, you can meet and talk about your grievances; it was not the case with Mahinda Rajapaksa. In 2010-2011 after talking to the TNA for 18 rounds of talks, the Ministers appointed by Mahinda Rajapaksa simply walked away from the table by absenting themselves.
    When Rajapaksa lost the elections in 2015, he acidly blamed the Tamil vote bank for his defeat. Did he expect the Tamils to vote for him after the massacre during the final phase of the war in 2009?
    Sampanthan’s ‘soft power’ politics has earned him the wrath of the die-hard Tamil nationalists. Chief Minister Wigneswaran, a rabble-rouser, will go for the throat of Sampanthan with knife in hand at the next elections!
    Sampanthan most probably is the last moderate politician with whom the government could negotiate for a just and fair settlement of the national question.

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    All these donkey years, the country has been taken for a ride on a wave of Sinhalese nationalism that has pushed the country to the brink of unmitigated disaster. The economy of the country is in the doldrums for years and years,
    The government’s trade deficit in 1918 was US$ 13,343 billion an increase of US$ 5,734 over 2013! And its National debt is USD 74,008 millions in 2018 equivalent to 83.28 % of GDP in 2019. In terms of rupees, the Government Debt in Sri Lanka increased to 12874786 LKR Million in the third quarter of 2019 from 12599843 LKR Million in the second quarter of 2019. And it is still rising!
    In 2018 Sri Lanka public debt was 74,008 million dollars, it increased by 5,880 million since 2017.
    This amount means that the debt in 2018 reached 83.28% of Sri Lanka GDP, 5.9 percentage point rise from 2017 when it was 77.38% of GDP. Government debt accounted for 86.8 % of the country’s GDP in Dec 2019, compared with the ratio of 83.28 % in the previous year. In other words, the economic indicators are getting worse by the day.
    Three days ago Ranil Jayewardene, UK parliamentarian of Sri Lankan origin was appointed as UK’s Minister of Trade. This was possible because there are no second class citizens in the UK. A citizen is a citizen with equal rights and equal opportunity. That is democracy in practice!

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    To the Editor,
    This is a very welcome development and most Sri Lankans fervently hope that this engagement will blossom into something meaningful and tangible.

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    There is nothing to blossom . History (failure) just repeats it self. Since independence there has been so many lies (as in promises), talks, commissions, accords, agreements,change in governments, change in leadership —-etc—-etc, yet we are having the same old discussion.

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    Harsha

    *** What TNA say or do doesn’t make any difference except when the race either for President or for the National Government is very tight such as in the 2015 elections when Sri Lanka was in danger of being referred to ICC. The Tamil vote played a part in electing Maithiri the CROOK RW another CROOK. Tamil vote turned out to be a wasted vote RW and managed to fool the World. I remember when Maithiri visited London and the Tamils protested the Queen quipped what is the problem meaning Maithiri is in charge and all the Tamil problem will be solved. Little did she know that it was the British exit strategy without putting in place adequate safeguard under a Federal System which Britain as a World Power could have guaranteed put us in this perilous position . Britain has a huge responsibility ( which has now been passed to India ) for the plight of the Tamils.
    The next election is one sided in which SLPP will sweep to power by 2/3rds with the arrest of Hizbulla and the False news now Floating around that Gothas name appears in the List of American EXPATRIATES ( those Americans who have chosen to live abroad) of which there are millions.
    TNA and Sambanthan are just onlookers and he went to see MR for the expenses he was paid by MR.

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    Prof.C.Suntheralingam was the Postal and Telecommunication Minister in the first cabinet established by DS; he was resigned his Ministerial portfolio when the Indo- Pakistan citizenship act second reading in the Parliament. He was one of the Cabinet Ministers in the first Independent Parliament; but in a short period he was resigned his MP post and demand Eelam. He is the person who accepted Unitary SL , while GG was demanding balance powers 50:50. He wrote a letter to SWRD in 1958, ” You know if I didn’t signed the document Soulboury never grant Independent to Ceylon”.

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    Be a bit more careful when trying to exhibit your ‘knowledge’. Hon. C. Sittampalam, an independent, in Mannar at the 1947 parliamentary election, won and was persuaded to join the UNP and was sworn in as Minister of Posts and Telecommunication.

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      Suntharingam was minister of Trade & Commerce (1947-48).
      Sittambalam, who appears to have resigned as minister in 1948, like Suntharalingam voted for the Bill according to: https://sangam.org/sri-lanka-the-untold-story-chapter-13/
      Whether Sittambalam joined the UNP is not clear, as he contested Mannar successfully as an independent in 1952.

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    yes I had a mistake, Suntheralingam was the Minister of Trade and Commerce. He was not attached to UNP, he is an Independent member.

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    Harsha

    TNA becomes only opposition party at Temple Trees

    *** Sambanthan is not a National Leader . He is a Coolie of Gotha and MR and Vulnerable to Pressure.
    I am sure you have heard about his residence in Colombo 7 subject of much ridicule and speculation. He was told in no uncertain terms that if you dont turn up for the meeting and endorse everything we do you will be evicted and made homless. So he succumbed.

    Wiggy where are you. I hope you have not been told to put up or shut up like Iqbal Athas by Gotha . If you read this prepare the people of Jaffna to reject TNA under Sambanthan who is a disgrace appeasing the PARDONER of Mirusuvil killer.

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    In 1952 he was contested in Vavuniya not Mannar.

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