25 June, 2021

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Nationalist Mobilisations & Eluga Thamil: First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

By Ahilan Kadirgamar

Ahilan Kadirgamar

Ahilan Kadirgamar

The Eluga Thamil rally on September 24 in Jaffna was nothing but the continuation of efforts to keep reactionary Tamil nationalism mobilised after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009. The forces that organised this protest have been active with the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), the Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) and more recently the Tamil Peoples Council (TPC). Their chauvinist Tamil nationalist rhetoric attempts to capture the political mainstream in Jaffna and carve out a space within the Tamil political sphere dominated by the TNA.

The polarising politics centred on the projection of victimhood and the call for international intervention is not new, the genocide resolution by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) last year was one such instance. However, the Eluga Thamil protest requires careful analysis as it has not only kindled ethno-nationalist emotions, but also put people on the streets without any realistic political path ahead.

The Eluga Thamil rally has also caused much confusion in the South. Is the protest an effort to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people? Is this a decisive blow to the TNA and a serious challenge to the TNA’s approach of engaging Colombo over the last two years? Are these signs of a resurgence of Tamil militancy? The answer to all three questions is in the negative; due to the reactionary character of the rally’s engagement, the narrow political base of the mobilisation and the post-war debilitation of the Tamil community.ezhuka-thamizh-tamil-protest

However, the Eluga Thamil protest is a worrying development in the downward trend of Tamil politics; characteristically, it seeks to co-opt genuine people’s grievances into reactionary Tamil nationalist ends. It reflects the lack of self-criticism needed to address the tragedy that has engulfed the Tamil community. Though I argue that the Eluga Thamil protests, much like Rajapaksa’s Pada Yathra, is a farce, it is a wake-up call to the country; chauvinist politics on both sides of the divide are again trying to reclaim the political mainstream.

Tamil grievances and national processes

There are indeed political grievances that are at the centre of Tamil politics; there is the unresolved national question predating the war, concerns linked to the devastation of the war and the continuing deprivation of rights and economic dispossession post-war.

An important political challenge is national recognition of the immense suffering of the people who went through the war and how their lives continue to be marred by the failures of the state. This is a political challenge and no amount of transitional justice consultations and experts can bring about such recognition; it requires nothing less than a national debate and dialogue.

The main political grievance facing the Tamils and other minorities since Independence is the majoritarian centralised state that is undemocratic.

Indeed, a non-unitary structure of the state which not only devolves power to the provinces, but also further down to the communities is crucial. Such a constitution is also necessary to make sure the bureaucracy and judiciary do not work with a centralised unitary mind-set; restricting state structures from usurping people’s local decision making powers is critical to address regional problems and aspirations.

However, the Tamil nationalists’ demand for devolution and power-sharing does not take the related process of democratisation seriously. In other words, they do not address the process by which much needed devolution and power sharing would empower all those who are marginalised by class, caste, gender and region within the Tamil community; rather it is for them a tussle for power between the Tamil elite and the Sinhala elite.

Take land for example. Some of it has been taken over by the military and of course should be released immediately, but there are also a large number of landless people within the Tamil community who also need to be resettled. In Jaffna District, about ten percent of the population are landless and do not even qualify for the post-war housing grants. But rarely have Tamil nationalists considered the plight of the landless. For a mobilisation like Eluga Thamil, this is not grievance enough, for it does not directly involve the state and by implication the Sinhala community. Furthermore, the resettlement of the Muslims evicted by the LTTE is never a concern for them.

The issues of disappearances and political prisoners related to the war and its aftermath remain crucial. Here, the lack of political will on the part of the Government to urgently address the release of the remaining detainees is unacceptable. However, very rarely do Tamil nationalists attempt to understand and find the common ground with the plight and legacy of those families dealing with disappearances or political prisoners after the JVP insurrections, for instance. The Tamil nationalist campaign on disappearances is focused on delegitimising the state, but remains indifferent to how the families of the disappeared or, for that matter, the released prisoners might find ways to address their continuing social and economic deprivation that the post-war years have only aggravated.

The demand for demilitarisation is similarly of paramount importance. Indeed, why is it that seven years after the war and almost two years after regime change, there isn’t a serious debate about demilitarisation in the country? While militarisation affects the North disproportionately including with pernicious surveillance and intimidation in post-war years, the issue is in reality about the entire country. The size of the military has to be reduced through a process by which the young men and women in the military are given alternatives for education and employment. The role of the military in national life should diminish and the security preoccupation of an earlier war-time polity has to change. Not only should the Prevention of Terrorism Act be repealed, the Terrorism Investigation Department should be dismantled and the criminal justice system as whole which deteriorated with the war, should be reformed. These are part of a national initiative towards demilitarisation that is not limited to the North and East.

The Tamil community was devastated by both the security forces and the LTTE. In the post-war context, the concerns of the oppressed castes, of those Up-country Tamils who were displaced to the Vanni, and of women solely carrying the burden of families, lie with both the state and their local communities. However, the Tamil nationalists reduce these to the grievances of “Tamil victims” against a “Sinhala state”.

That the state can dispossess large sections of the Sinhala community is also not a consideration for the Tamil nationalists, who see their struggle as one taken up solely by themselves. Indeed, for the Tamil nationalists, ethnicity is the marker of victimhood, and deliverance is associated with the international community.

The Eluga Thamil protest and its demands claiming to articulate Tamil grievances were grounded in reactionary assertions about the Tamil homeland, nation and sovereignty, in this it is not very different from its political twin, Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. The TPC flyer in Tamil that was widely circulated before the protest was couched in anti-Sinhala and anti-Buddhist rhetoric; it amplified the fears about Buddha statutes and Sinhala colonisation as well as the need for an international investigation for war crimes in bold print and only in small print did it address issues such as land and political prisoners. While the Eluga Thamil declaration claims to address the Government and the international actors, the demagoguery against the military and the obtuse rhetoric of Sinhala Buddhist “settler colonialism”, is no different from the extreme rhetoric of actors such as Bodu Bala Sena.

Social base

Much of the confusion about the Eluga Thamil protest is due to the lack of understanding of the social base of the TPC.

The narrow social base committed to the politics of the TNPF, TCSF and TPC are largely from Jaffna’s urban professional class. It consists of sections of lawyers, doctors, Christian clergy, university lecturers and journalists. These classes are economically stable with regular incomes and not subject to the precarious life and economic travails facing the rest of the war-torn society; particularly in rural Jaffna and the districts in the Vanni and the East. Their class background and relationship to the Tamil Diaspora means they form that section of the population that continues to receive remittances and have one foot in the Diaspora with their children considering migration. Therefore, they have the luxury of a wager with extreme and unrealistic Tamil nationalist goals over rebuilding social institutions necessary to sustain local social life and a meaningful path towards a political solution.

Their rhetoric is amplified in the Tamil media and through nationalist Diaspora forums, thus creating the illusion of representing a broad Tamil constituency. In reality, they are tapping into the conservative, right wing ideological constructs of Tamil society and linking it to their Tamil nationalist politics. In this they are not very different from the TNA as a whole; they play on the fears about the Sinhala and Muslim population constructed as the “oppressive other”, they have no critique about the “cultural deterioration” discourse which attempts to control Tamil women and they continue to refuse to even discuss caste oppression within Tamil society.

Such right wing discourses do have a hearing among sections of the Tamil community, and it is the support of such conservative sections of society including youth lacking a progressive alternative that gave the protest some breadth. Indeed, the Eluga Tamil mobilisation is not different from the TNA mobilisations during election times, they all try to tap into such conservative trends in Tamil society.

These discourses are kept fertile by the insular and reactionary Tamil media. While the rift between the TNA leadership and the TPC meant the popular Uthayan newspaper avoided supporting the Eluga Thamil rally, the Valampuri newspaper with its Hindu nationalist backing for Chief Minister Wigneswaran worked overtime to promote the rally.

Meanwhile, one should not overestimate the strength of forces behind the Eluga Thamil rally, their limited constituency and electoral relevance are evident from the August 2015 parliamentary elections, where despite Wigneswaran throwing his weight behind them, the TNPF could not even win one seat and were soundly defeated.

It is the losers in that election who along with other opportunistic actors that are now trying to create a political platform for themselves by projecting Wigneswaran and his office. Significant here is also the failure of the NPC led by Wigneswaran; the NPC has failed to even activate its administration through the necessary statutes – something well within its powers – is yet to provide clear vision for the economic development of the North regardless of its powers and continues to even block other initiatives towards regional development. The defeat in parliamentary elections and the failure to deliver through the NPC have led them to project their political image.

This is no different from how former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the remnants of his regime resorted to the Pada Yathra, as they increasingly felt politically marginalised after successive election defeats. The political images that Rajapaksa and Wigneswaran – and those who attempt to promote them – are not only dependent on illustrating their capacity to mobilise people on to the streets but also projecting the image that they are the true saviours of their ethnic communities, through the vilification of the Tamil and Sinhala communities respectively.

Reactionary mobilisations

The Elugha Thamil rally is a shift in that, from reactionary statements and resolutions and polarising election rhetoric in recent years, they have now brought people on to the streets. Such a move is worrying because the fallout of such emotive mobilisations cannot even be directed by the very actors who initiate them. A recent case in point is the rape and murder of school girl Vidya Sivaloganathan last year. While protests erupted all over Jaffna, it culminated in the call for the death penalty for the accused and stoning of the court house demanding mob justice. The politics of that protest, rather than encourage deeper reflection on women’s oppression within Tamil society only resulted in a macho Tamil discourse of saving Tamil women.

Historically, the Federal Party and the TULF took a polarising path in the 1960s and 1970s culminating in the Vaddukottai resolution for a separate state. And they paid for it with the elimination of their own leadership, including the assassinations of TULF leader Amirthalingam and a whole range of their prominent and second rung leaders by the very LTTE, which in its early stages was encouraged through such narrow nationalist mobilisations. Such nationalist politics and eventually the LTTE’s suicidal politics have been devastating for the Tamil community. Given the tremendous suffering with the war and the loss of an entire generation, actors within the Tamil community will not be able to initiate another insurrection. However, polarisation and social anarchy are options for reactionary forces that have no qualms about watching Tamil society suffer in order for their own opportunistic politics and to keep the separatist logic alive.

In places like Mullaitivu, there was very little interest in the Eluga Thamil rally. There the everyday issues facing farmers, fisher folk and the landless preoccupy them even as they yearn for both solutions to their everyday concerns as well as a political solution. Many in Mullaitivu say if the Jaffna politicians come to meet them, they would “hammer them with slippers” for not addressing our concerns, but at election we will vote for the “house” the symbol of the Federal party.

In Districts like the Killinochi and Mannar, farmers and fisher folk having given up on the Tamil nationalist politicians seek to engage the Central government directly on issue of land alienation, access to coastal areas for fishing and the banning of illegal fishing practices. These war-torn people are far from the “victims” who are waiting either to be saved by the Tamil nationalists or the international community. They are demonstrating enormous resilience and resolve every day of their lives. At one level, they have no faith in the TNA and the NPC. Yet given the unresolved national question they are likely to vote for the TNA at election time. These contradictions are reflections of the vacuum in Tamil politics.

Fourteen years ago during the ceasefire period, the LTTE organised the Pongu Thamil mobilisations under the cover of doing “political work”, but in reality they made local actors complicit in their separatist politics and prepared them for war. The LTTE’s Pongu Thamil mobilisations glorified their ability to make war, and it continued on as a massive social mobilisation towards what the LTTE called the “final war”. The Eluga Thamil protest drew on the memory of its Pongu Thamil predecessor, but in contrast to the LTTE’s militarised Tamil politics, it is projecting victimhood and a false of hope international intervention. With the LTTE and Pongu Thamil the people had little choice; almost all social institutions and even school children were herded to these protests backed by the power of the gun. The Eluga Thamil protest neither has the same hold on the people nor does it find any support from the international actors, who are all busy cosying up to Colombo for their own interests.

The political moves of the LTTE during the ceasefire period eventually ended in the tragedy of Mullivaikal with thousands of youth forcefully recruited and sacrificed by the LTTE and the people mowed down by the tremendous fire power of the Security Forces. That tragedy is now followed by the farce of Eluga Thamil.

Confusion and allies

Yet this farce of a mobilisation has not only created confusion among the youth in Jaffna about the way forward, it also seems to have confused some “progressives” in Colombo.

The sections of the liberals and progressive leftists in Colombo who generously recognise the demands of Eluga Thamil are as flawed as those in the Sinhala community who earlier felt the urge to accept and support the LTTE. It is not just patronising, but also dangerous, for the rhetoric they are endorsing actively seeks to polarise the country. It was the height of irresponsibility by those Sinhala liberals who were gleeful about the ascendancy of the LTTE; they neither took a position when the Tamils including dissidents were being targeted as “traitors” by the LTTE nor did they have to face the consequences of the tragedy that engulfed the Tamil community.

While some from Colombo’s NGO and human rights circuits aligned themselves with forums such as the TCSF during the post-war years under the Rajapaksa regime, they have for the most part distanced themselves after regime change, reflecting the tenuous instrumentality of such alliances.

In the current context, if Sinhala progressives deem it necessary to align with reactionary Tamil nationalism, in order to oppose Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinism, it is nothing but a sad reflection of their political inaptitude and folly. Instead, if they align with forces within all communities that stand for coexistence, they would be working towards a movement for social justice and a credible political solution. What is needed is principled solidarity, not this sort of misplaced sympathy emanating from liberal ethnic guilt.

Protests are elements of radical democracy, but the politics of such protests should be a central concern. With the opening of space after January 2015, there have been a number of large protests in the North. The residents of Vadamaratchy East, along the eastern coast of Jaffna peninsula, protested against an Asian Development Bank’s desalination project in February this year; they have consistently felt marginalised by the Jaffna elite and their protest was about the dangers of undermining their fishing livelihoods toward the water needs of Jaffna town. In July this year, there was a major protest outside the NPC by the fisher folk from the all parts of the Northern Province; they were challenging the NPC to take a stand on poaching Indian trawlers and bottom trawling more generally, which undermine their livelihoods. It is such protests that require progressive solidarity, but often go unnoticed.

In this context, those who stand to gain from the Eluga Thamil protest are its true friends, the Sinhala Buddhist nationalists. The extreme nationalists on both sides of the divide are not only allies in keeping their polarising rhetoric alive, but also for their common goal of disrupting any process towards a political solution; one to keep its separatist logic going and the other to maintain Sinhala Buddhist majoritarian hegemony.

National debate and dialogue

For this state of affairs, the TNA leadership and the Government are not without blame. To start with, if the political mainstream was occupied by debates about the political solution, it would not have provided as much space to the nationalists in the north and south. Instead, both the TNA leadership and the Government have attempted to confine discussions on the political solution to a small core in Colombo, even as the public remains in the dark. Furthermore, while the TNA has done little to address the Tamil community both about the social and political contradictions within the community and the way forward in national politics, the Government has done little to get the South to recognise the gravity of the national question that has stifled the country for decades.

In the South, the progressives have the challenge of both initiating a debate on demilitarisation and self-critical reflection on the legacy of Sinhala Buddhist hegemony. The military and Buddhism’s privileged relationship to the state cannot be kept out of the bounds of debate. If the Government and the political elite are failing at this national task given their narrow agendas, it should be the priority and untiring task of progressives and the radical left to initiate such national debates critical for addressing the national question.

The Tamil political sphere is equally in need of deeper debates to find its progressive political bearings. That involves the need for struggles around Tamil working class concerns, anti-caste mobilisations and the strengthening of women’s movements as well as discussions on the Tamil community’s relationship with other communities, the regional and rural inequalities within the North and East, and broader concerns about political power including devolved power. A critique of Tamil nationalism and what the fascist political culture of the LTTE did to the Tamil community should be at the heart of such reflection.

While the national challenge in January 2015 was about defeating authoritarianism, the current challenge is one about co-existence and a political solution. The Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese who desire co-existence have to rise up to the challenge to defeat the forces of polarisation and chauvinism. The solutions for the country, whether it be demilitarisation, a political solution or economic justice, will require the joint struggles of those who share a plural vision for Sri Lanka. Not the polarising politics and farcical mobilisations such as Pada Yathra and Eluga Thamil.

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    Well, I think even EPDP wanted to join. That’s quite uncharacteristic – but there you go!

    The EPDP is probably the only party that has done any work over there. Although they got wiped out by TNA Tamil nationalist hysteria in a previous election.

    That is the dilemma Tamils have. Tamils only vote for the biggest bigot – not the hardest worker! So even the guy who genuinely wants to work for the electorate is faced with having to rabble rouse or become extinct.

    The narrow mindedness and self-centered nature of Tamils are everywhere in Tamil prefixed paraphernalia. i.e. Tamil National Party, Tamils and Genocide, Tamils for Obama etc.

    There is something incredibly wrong with the way Tamils do things. I think its about time this nonsense ended.

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      EPDP was responsible for large number of crimes such as misuse of power, abductions, brime, murder (violence) of Tamils along with King of crimes Mahinda Rajapakse regime. Tamils vote for TNA because 0Sinhalese vote for only those who carry Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalist sword against innocent Tamils. Narrow minded and self centred Sinhala Buddhists are responsible for all the messes created since the power handed over from British.

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        Sinhala people have always voted with economy in mind …not sinhala nationalism. If they did CBK or My3 or RW will never ever see the inside of temple trees or parliament

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      There is something incredibly wrong with the way Tamils do things. I think its about time this nonsense ended.

      As Tamils say they are an ancient stock, their brain wiring shoould be different. They always want to win with lies. Even internationally, they lives on lies.

      Even Raja Raja cholen should be a North indian mixed product.

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      De Silva: That is the dilemma Tamils have. Tamils only vote for the biggest bigot – not the hardest worker????

      What an interesting comment coming from a Racist who voted for successive racist leaders in the country with the exception of CBK.

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    This Desilva must be an ignorant child who needs an education in history. TNA has lost all credibility with the Tamil people locally and with the diaspora. EPDP and Douglas Devananda never had any recognition and we all know about their contribution to Sri Lankan Politics. Douglas Devananda was a henchman to President Premadasa then used by Chandrika Kumaratunga just to show the international community that there are Tamils taking part in the political process.

    There is nothing wrong with the demonstration on the 24th of September led by our Chief Minister Wigneswaran. He has put his concerns in Sinhalese and in front of the president who is a confused person and seem incapable of doing anything except go around making ill prepared speeches and embarrassing himself and the country in the process. First and foremost he must hire a good speech writer. I told this in may 2014!

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      Karthigesu Nirmalan,
      Are you suggesting that President Sirisena hires your ex leader Vellupilai Pirbhakaran’s speech writer? Unfortunately Anton the zombie Balasingham is in hell..The President’s excellent home spun speeches are very acceptable both in the North and the South unlike the insincere gobbledygook of murder Rajapaksa

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        Rajalingam

        “Unfortunately Anton the zombie Balasingham is in hell..”

        Have you had a chance to visit him and then return to this earth? How sure are you, Anton Bala is in hell? Were you his hell mate?

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      Mr karthigesu

      I have read many articles of the vellala cast leading Jaffna politcs since peace was brought in and prabha killed. Whst has happened to the voice of the dipressed classes
      Why dont you give them a place in your society otherwise you will have to run and join the diaspora soon. The poor and the depressed class want a living and not political rhetoric.
      The vellala people seem to start your domination of northern politics all over again stiring the poor and the so called depressed class who have no colombo 4,5,6,and 7 homes to run away to the south sinhalease domain and hide.

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        Nissanka dasanayaka

        “Why dont you give them a place in your society otherwise you will have to run and join the diaspora soon.”

        You have a valid point, similarly the depressed classes have also raised the issue of Colombo’s reluctance to share power with rest of the people.

        Why don’t you have a word with Sangha a key obstacle, majoritarian bigots, MR and his gang the corrupt opportunists, the state functionaries, politicians, ….. and the so called professional who couldn’t see beyond their nose.

        Do you know anything about Rodiyas?

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    Every action has a reaction. So Tamil nationalism should have a reaction to Sinhalese Nationalism. This is the reality of the continued cycle of events happened in Srilanka. Before independence, there was no Sinhalese Nationalism, so there was no Tamil Nationalism.However, the reaction to the Elugha Thamil protest march by Buddhist Sinhala Nationalists is not surprised and if they don’t react only you will be surprised. However, I feel the reaction from those so called progressive forces is “over reaction”. Rather than reacting to these protests, you should focus on educating and telling the Truth to the people about what was wrong in the past and what impact we had because of that wrongs and what is good for the people and Nation. People are not fools. You can’t hide anything from the people. If you hide and do something secretly that gives more suspicion and more space for Nationalists and Fundamentalists to exploit them with lies as they do now. It is very sad that leftists who were considered as the leaders of socialism, equality fall into the trap of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism and become a front runners of racism and anti-Tamils.

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      The biggest problem is, the non-recognition of Sinhala nationalism or Sinhala majoritarianism as the default position of the Sri Lankan state.

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    Solidarity among the progressive and humanitarian sections of all communities (Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese) is a necessity of the hour to counter the again emerging extreme nationalist mobilizations both in the North and the South. Common socio-economic, democratic and justice issues are the basis of this solidarity. Transcending ethnic divisions is a must. While there is nothing wrong in the government and the TNA negotiating a political and a constitutional solution, it should be transparent as much as possible, also allowing the other sections/parties to make their inputs. Protests and agitations are part of fundamental rights of all sections. However, the mobilization of people on extreme nationalist or divisive lines cannot be condoned, Pada Yathra or Eluga Thamil, as the author emphasises.

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      Dr Laksiri:

      When one faces the many difficulties and challenges and a Govt that has been voted with support from such people and transgressed by years and years of lies and deceits, even truth will fall. What else the Tamils can do. It is like damn if you do, and damn if you don’t. To assume or labeling them as holding extreme positions has to be viewed against the following backdrop:

      The hope that dissipated after the Tamils were held “ransom” by a regime that was basking in glory as a way of telling the Tamils that they all had to pay and that they are a subjugated race. The regime’s message was loud and clear that might is right, Tamils had no other choice.

      The support for Sarath Fonseka during his Presidential attempt hardly pits the Tamils as extremists. Here was a man who in the process of getting at Prabhakaran and the LTTE laid waste everything the Tamils had. Would it be wrong to say that Sarath was the force behind Mahinda’s victory to a large extent? Despite that the desire of the Tamils was to get on with their lives and supported Sarath in his Presidential bid.

      By the same token, the Tamils extended their support to both Sirisena and Ranil and largely contributed to put a stop to a blood-thirsty maniac in continuing with a sadistic regime. But sadly, the fact still remains that they have to put up with the same sad miserable story as if it never ends. No one will believe you if you claim SL ever has a chance of ever taking bold and genuine steps to unite its people. That will be a pipe-dream and you know why? All these politicians have mostly built their political careers out of the misery of Tamils. Will they ever allow or wish away such comfort and opportunity? How do you expect the war-stricken people to believe leaders who tell and do one thing in the UNHRC but somersault at home to win favour and votes?

      Quite frankly, you and guys like Ahilan can continue to write the virtues of this and that but show me one leader in the Centre who really even bothers to read what you write. For all of them, the Tamils are their bridges and stepping stones to build their political careers. Prabhakaran may be wrong in his ways to drive home this message, but the truth remains that Tamils can never ever get justice or get to live honourable lives from the Sinhalese. Please prove me wrong.

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        Jansee,

        Please don’t mislead ignorant Tamils with your lies. Tamils are doing really well just go to Colombo 1, 2,3,(and 4&5)and 6 and 7 and 8. They are doing brilliantly in whilst living in the Sinhalese areas. Infact there are nearly 200,000 Tamils living in the Colombo District alone not mention Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy and so on. Its only in the Tamils areas they have problems because of Velu kidnapping their children etc with the help of the Tamil diaspora. Fortunately thanks to Mahinda, Gota and all those soldiers who sacrificed life and limb Tamils are now free as never before. Do the Tamils a favour stop telling lies.

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          Good student:

          It appears that you have wasted your student days.

          Why are you such a donkey talking about Tamils in Colombo when the subject of discussion is the pathetic lives of Tamils in the North. Whether these Tamils are really free is one of perception. There was never short of such indiscriminate lies as your uncle kept on insisting – zero civilian deaths, and found to be a hoax.

          Who do you think murdered thousands of Sinhalese youths during 1970s – could it be one of your grandfathers? A bump like you has the audacity to see what a murderous regime you people have been nursing that killed thousands of Sinhalese and shamelessly you want to lecture about Velu and the diaspora. Anyway, Velu has been cited as complicit of war crimes and you can take a drive to heaven or hell and bring him back to stand for trial. But let us see what hell waits for those criminals who committed heinous war crimes.

          Why do you think the office of missing persons had been set-up? Was it to chase monkeys and donkeys like you. Thanks to Mahinda and Gota Thajudeen and Lasantha died because of accidents??? Why are you such a dumb?

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        Jansee,

        There are things I agree with you and there are other things I cannot agree. It is heartrending that the Tamils have to face many difficulties and challenges. There will be so many Sinhalese who would agree with that. However, I don’t think that “the Tamils can never ever get justice” is a correct conclusion. Finding justice in this world is a process and we need to have a strong incremental approach. America has changed a lot in their race relations, and Australia also has changed. I don’t see any reason why Sri Lanka cannot change. Most exemplary is the way South Africa has changed. It is up to the people to do it (also the leaders) and it is not good to have a pessimistic, defeatist or completely a ‘victimhood’ view. There are also so many Sinhalese facing many injustices. Those are admittedly not on ethnic lines, but on class, caste, gender and personal lines. Therefore, there are possibilities of uniting these sections including the Muslims on socio-economic, democratic and justice issues. That kind of an approach is more conducive for change. I don’t think anyone would blame the Tamils en bloc for ‘extremism.’ But there is nothing wrong in pointing it out when some leaders or some protests lean towards ‘extremism’ or ‘isolation.’ It is more of a question of isolation. This is counterproductive particularly at this moment.

        I never say or consider Tamils as extremists. There are extremists among all communities. Their extremism also fluctuates. It was a major contradiction when the Tamil people were asked to vote for Fonseka in 2010. At least they could have been left to take their own decision. It was worse than asking the voters to boycott elections in 2005 allowing MR to win. The two incidents show that the leaders are not always correct and people should retain the right (Sinhala or Tamil) to criticise them when they go wrong. However, asking to vote for MS last year was correct in my opinion for a major political change. I also advocated it. No vote is unconditional. In changing the government, the Tamil people were in solidarity with the progressive Sinhala/Muslim voters. This is the solidarity that should continue. It is only one year. I believe some tangible progress has been made, unless you expect miraculous results. It is in that context that the Eluga Thamil is at least misplaced and sectarian. There is nothing wrong in pressurising the government to do more through protests. But the nature of the demands/slogans and the way you conduct the protests should be different. We have to build on what we have. The NPC also should function properly. I would advocate inter-ethnic solidarity on socio-economic, democratic and justice issues. Within that context, there is nothing wrong in highlighting the pressing issues of the Tamils in the North, devastated by the war.

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          The learned Professor is confused what is he talking about. These happen when they drag unwanted things into their unwanted theories.

          When the fear becomes intense, the Sinhala Intellectuals are panicking and gibbering all over CT. The Kathirgamar camp is active never like before. They all keep telling that Ezhuha Tamil is a extremist rally.

          First they said CV speech was extremist’s speech. None of them can read a word of Tamil. When the commentators asked what was wrong in the speech, they went to the second.

          In the second, they went to claim that the placards were carrying extremist slogans. Placard were not written and provided by CV. The Sinhala pundits, again, do not read a word of Tamil. When they were asked to tell what wrong message the placards carried, they went to the third.

          Third they came out with the name Ezhuha Tamils was wrong and they wanted to call it as Ezhuha Sri Lanka. Is there a problem Tamils have in this country? Noooooooooooo, That is why they brought the standardization, Sinhala Only, killed as much as possible to remove the identification “Tamils”. Isn’t under the same theory, after the war, Old King declared that there was no minority (anymore) in Lankawe? They know the Tamils have a problem and Tamils going to try to get as much as attention possible toward their problems and that can not be stopped, so then these Sinhala Intellectual Pundits and anti-Tamil Tamils took a new turn again.

          Their argument is that the Ezhuha Tamil is sounding like Ponnu Tamil. Their contention is, as Pongu Tamil was used by LTTE, using it is only following the LTTE, step to step. Then, I do not know why, they, including Akhilandeswarar, called SJV as separatist when he asked only for Federal State following SWRD; There, SJV followed the foot path of SWRD, a bloodless revolutionist, as per some Tamil Panthams. In other words, this learned professor, who convulsed to tell that violence is something coming out nonviolence, wants to stipulation is that Ezhuha Tamil rally was a violent LTTE type operation. Whether I support the freedom fight or not is another question. But, so efficiently, this gang has proved that CV has violently staged very dangerous activities to asking of release the LTTEyers, who inside and staged an assault on the patriotic protectors, the army. Further all their argument is CV is a one man gang. This is the same gang has been howling that 90 year old man, Sampanthar, had smashed through army barrier and raided the army camp, strangely enough even after the defense ministry and army commanders had denied that.

          Very interesting is CV has established a record in North that nobody has done so far. For the provincial election 80% of the voters voted. But for EP election only 43% voted. These percentage voters brought CV with a 135,000 majority. (In that election Army kept Ananthi in illegal house arrest. Army was printing a second “Uthayan” because it’s owned by FP (ITAK) MP Saravanapavan. Unlike Akhilandeswarar is creating an illusion here to fool readers, “Uthayan” is owned by Federal party, which did not participate in the rally and Uthayan did not actively bring Ezhuha Tamil news. Valampuri has no connection with CV- it had its freedom to participate in that- TamilWin, another TNA supporter bought out Ezhuha Tamil news on the spot. Akhilandeswarar is crook enough to twist the truth.) For this kind of majority in the election what CV’s and TNA put forward in the manifesto was “Internal Self Determination”. There were some Sinhala Intellectuals lawyers who tried to sue TNA for the manifesto, but failed, because the the Manifesto was mainly developed by TNA’s legal consultant and MP M. A. Sumanthiran, who is much superior constitutional lawyer than anybody challenged. As a FP MP, he too did not participate in the rally. So the CV’s talk of internal self-determination,which is Sumanthiran’s draft, who and Sampanthar are the only TNA negotiators negotiating with the government, if something as negotiation is going on. CV’s is saying so far is that he has not gone beyond anything over or under the promises he gave to the people on that election. But there was news that Sampanthar had told UNSG that Tamils need minimum self-determination, (without counting on my constitutional law knowledge) what CV is asking from the manifesto drafted by Sumanthiran is lower than what Sampanthar understands as Tamils need for a secure life. When Solomon West Ridgeway Dias was talking about Federalism, it was patriotism, but when CV is talking it in the rally, it is violent extremism! So this learned professor who gave a PhD for the Murder King is trying to say that what CV asking is for extremism but Sumanthiran-Sampanthar are Unitarians. This type of foul talk comes from learned people only because of their violent, extremist, racist nature hidden under cow skin.

          “Pada Yathra or Eluga Thamil, as the author emphasises.” Pada Yathra was carried out by Old King’s regime, a team supported and upheld by majority Sinhala Buddhist. That Old King is listed as an accused war criminal on the abandoned OISL report and he is waiting for his UN Electric Chair materialize. CV is the man most respected in the entire political figures of the North and East. When CV refused to accept the leadership of the team was being placed under TNA name, all five parties of that time went and begged him to accept the leadership. (CM Candidature). If the Ahilandeswarar author stands for an election in north, then even a bitch would not wag its tail. That is why Dada became an anti-Tamil traitor and was hanging on Chandrika’s dress for Prime Minister Job until Old King came to power and closed that dream. The author is matching Old Kings’ war crime of killing of 145,000 in five months with the Tamils’ freedom fight from 1948. That is not the real unbalanced comparison. What implied is, LTTE is a terrorist organization, not freedom fighters. Then he is implying the TPC is LTTE only because he feels the Ezhuha Tamil is sounding similar to Pongu Tamil. ( they don’t give a damn to establish that by connecting the Language , or by intention, or by association with LTTE.) There is a story told like this “One time a blind man’s baby was dead and he asked his wife how it had happened. She replied the milk choked the child. So he asked how the milk looks like, she said it looks like a crane. The visionless man does not know how a white crane looks like; she folded her arm and asked him to feel bend of her hand. He noticed the heavy bone on the elbow bend and asked if the child had swallowed that, then without choking what else it is going to do?.” That is the game this Akhilandeswarar is playing to criminalize the CM in the eyes of the coolies. This communist, learned professor, every time when one anti-Tamil Tamil writer is saying something similar to his communist theories, he is camping on that thread and perching the Geethaupathesam to us.

          “I never say or consider Tamils as extremists. ……….It was worse than asking the voters to boycott elections in 2005 allowing MR to win. The two incidents show that the leaders are not always correct and people should retain the right (Sinhala or Tamil) to criticise them when they go wrong.” These are jokes these writers write always out of their contexts. If he like to say that Tamil were willingly accepted without criticizing the call of LTTE to reject 2005 election, he must accept that LTTE was accepted Tamils and if he says LTTE is terrorist organization then he is declaring that Tamils are terrorist. He either has to take back the earlier part or latter part of the comment that he said above. It is up to him which is ever he considers inconsistent. But whatever he selects, irrlevant of that, he was one of the consultants of the Old regime. He accepted the path of the Old regime. He was eating on the same plate and sleeping on the same bed until LTTE was wiped out. Then he took the divorce and went to Australia to relax. It is that is where he has been reading on the CT that Tissaranee Gunasekara, another blind writer of CT, blaming LTTE for electing Old regime. None of them blame the Sinhala Buddhist to have elected him with overwhelming majority within Sinhalese Majority community. Aren’t these the crowded blamed Sampanthar to break army barrier. There is no surprise to see they blame Tamils for having rejected the election. Even if it is in Lankawe, these learned Sinhala Intellectuals and Tamil coolies openly demanding that Tamils should be voting in a secret election only for whom they are asking, but the Sinhala Buddhist can vote as per their own will and bring Old King to power. That is the point they are clarifying by saying Tamils did not vote for Ranil in 2005 election. Let’s stop here and reverse this conclusion for a second and take another path. Some of you may be objecting what I am going to say is not possible at all but still I have to say that. That is, this Sinhala Intellectual might be contending that Sinhala Modayas votes for wrong candidate but the Tamils votes intelligently, so they could have participated in that election and defeated the Old King and saved the country. Again stop here and remember by which path we came here. That is, this Sinhala Intellectual too voted for Old King and now he is thinking the Tamils should have saved him but they didn’t. This is the tragic flaw emerge out when one Sinhala intellectual copy another Sinhala intellectuals’ gibberish and paste. Isn’t then he contends that Tamils knows better than him, then why is he cutting and pasting from a Tamil traitor’s passages and repeating the same mistake? Is that because of his communist nature of cutting and pasting from Lenin and Marx?

          “Their extremism also fluctuates. It was a major contradiction when the Tamil people were asked to vote for Fonseka in 2010. At least they could have been left to take their own decision.” Comedy Thamai! Is that all what this Sinhala Intellectual understands from what happened on those two elections? Still, Akhilandeswarar sounds like a better twister than this Sinhala Intellectual pundit. Akhilandeswarar deserves to be copied by this brain boggled Sinhala Pundit. We can explain that contradiction of the TNA, but this guy cannot explain why Fonseka who was with the Old King and went to stand election against his master. He cannot but we can that too. That is what DS did to SWRD and what SWRD did to Dudly and what JR did to Sirimavo and what Richard P did to JR and what Old King did to Chandrika is the same thing Fonseka and Appa eating New King did to their predecessor, the Old King. That is the Mahavamsa History of Sinhala Leaders. What kind of a Royal communist King he is, to think that he can contradict, Fonseka can contradict, Sobitha Thero can contradict and New King can contradict, but Tamils leadership cannot contradicts, then it was Tamils’ fault not criticizing those LTTE Tamil leadership?

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          Dr Laksiri:

          Agreeing to disagree is good and healthy for a vibrant discussion and there shouldn’t be any problem on that.

          Elections are usually held between four, five years. This is how it works in a democratic system. It will then be alright to assume or belief that govts have shelf lives and they need to renew every few years.

          In Sri Lanka the conundrum in relying on such a system has posed a huge problem for the Tamils and for this reason the Tamils have been used as a source of vote bank, nothing more, nothing less. For the Tamils, it has always been a sticky choice to decide to choose between two devils. The other choice is not to vote at all and this poses a similar problem and this has been the reason why Sinhala regimes, since independence keep on promising and promising but after the elections just somersault.

          People start leaning towards extremists after their hopes have dried hoping forever that the moderates will somehow bring hope for a fair deal. In the SL state, the penchant for extremist policies by all regimes give little or no hope for moderates (Tamils) to help the people take a moderate approach. Parbhakaran was a product of such callousness by continuous regimes that basked in extremist policies. It looks like lessons are hardly learnt and the vicious cycle continues to enslave Sri Lanka. Missing people, land grabs, rape and torture has been making the rounds even in international circles and looks like you are ignorant of what life beholds these people.

          While when people are asked to be patient from a recently elected govt but torture, rape, land grabs and the huge army presence continue to dominate all their spheres of lives including engaging in business activities, such a request/expectation will appear hollow. It appears to people that the govt is ignoring the moderate Tamils and they then look for anyone who would give them hope. Now there is talk that the army would never budge from the lands because their camps sit on thousands of murdered Tamils and moving may implicate the army. The only way to prove this wrong is for the army to return the lands and for the govt to move speedily in restoring “normality” in the North. May be who knows, if after the war the regimes have moved to achieve this, people may not be talking about devolution and federalism. It is because they feel cheated and the Sinhalese regimes are in the dock for lying and deceit that we now face this Ezhuga Tamil, etc.

          Whether it is Sarath Fonseka, Mahinda Rajapaksa or even Maithiri, most Tamils believe they are all the same. If the Tamils don’t vote at all as a mark of protest then magalomaniacs like Mahinda will get in. That is the conundrum that I was mentioning earlier. I simply shook my head when I heard that Maithiri and Ranil will not honour their promises they made to the UNHRC. Asking a Sinhalese regime to be fair is like straightening a dog’s tail.

          The only solution to this never-ending heartache is to allow the Tamils to self-determinate and then each race can mind their own business and the Tamils would not be unnecessarily bullied by the sheer numbers of a majority race that can never be expected to come out of its Mahawamsa mindset. It will also improve the quality of politics and life among the Sinhalese as now they have to contend with largely Sinhala voters. Enough of this charade that doesn’t seem to know any end. I honestly believed that after the war a new hope will emerge and that proved to be a horrific disaster. Then with a new regime there seemed some hope but within a year it can turn back on its promises it had signed with an international body and please Dr don’t tell you don’t know the reason -because it has to pander to the Sinhalese votes. There is no hope until the Tamils and Sinhalese go their different ways and this may become possible not by the actions of the Tamils but mostly by the recalcitrant attitude of the Sinhalese.

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      Dear Dr Laksiri,

      In an earlier article you mentioned that Sinhalese Buddhist nationalism is based on a sense of Superiority. You are wrong. It is based on a sense of fear. Because Sinhalese Buddhists have been attacked by violent Tamils since about 300 BC and about 1000 AD Anuradhapura was wiped out by Raja Raja. (ie our Anuradhapura was attacked for about 1300 before being wiped out).

      Then when the Sinhalese Buddhists built Polonnaruwa extremely violent Tamils wiped it as well. That’s how the Sinhalese Capital eventually ended up in Kandy!!!! How come so called academics like yourself are unaware these facts and these ARE FACTS.

      Then the Portuguese Catholics attacked and decimated our temples. (similar to the Spanish Catholic genocides of the indigenous cultures of the Americas. When the Portuguese Catholics persecuted the Muslims (because Muslims had attacked Christians in the Iberian Peninsular)our Sinhalese Buddhist kings gave the Muslims refuge in Kandy and the East. Singhalese Buddhists saved the Muslims again in Oct 1990 when the LTTE evicted them at gun point from Jaffna. Muslims are now trying to destroy us with a high birth rate and economic strangulation/Islamic finance.

      Then the Dutch Protestant Christians attacked us. And then the British (a bit more subtle)Anglicans (how come you are an Anglican Christian?)did their utmost to undermine us. [Interestingly there were English converts to Buddhism attracted by the Buddhist atheism/Naturalism].Now the hordes evangelical Christians (supported by the LTTE fronts and USA, tools to undermine countries (see Burma)are doing the same.

      We feel threatened from everyside. It is these threats that cause “Buddhist nationalism”. Before the marauding Tamils attacked us none of these problems existed. Buddhism is peaceful (much more peaceful than Christianity or Islam just check out the respective histories)until it feels threatened. Once when Buddhists practised non violence in the face of Islamic violence the Muslims beheaded all the monks practising non violence at Nalanda University in Bihar. The ruins are still there for all to see with Buddha statues with their nose chopped off, vast libraries with valuable medical material burnt and so on. Often described as the biggest crime in Islam. The Taliban recently destroyed the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001 and numerous Buddhist archaeological sites were destroyed in Pakistan in 2007. Pakistan govt did nothing to prevent these. Did not provide sufficient security. Essentially a war crime.

      It is surprising even academics like you seem to be unaware of these. I would therefore question your academic credentials. I would not expect the Tamils to mention these facts because then they can’t be the international cry babies. I hope get the chance read this!

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        Good student with no education

        “You are wrong. It is based on a sense of fear.”

        You are wrong again. They suffer from paranoia.

        “Because Sinhalese Buddhists have been attacked by violent Tamils since about 300 BC and about 1000 AD Anuradhapura was wiped out by Raja Raja.”

        So is it the Chola anger the Sinhala/Buddhists attack the minorities frequently?

        Why don’t the Sinhala/Buddhists unleash their anger on descendants of Chola/Pandias in Tamil Nadu or their descendants who have now converted to Sinhala/Buddhism in the South?

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        Good student,

        Even if you are correct in your interpretation of history (which is not entirely correct) why do you consider the present day Tamils should be punished for their forefathers’ mistakes? It is not consistent with Buddhist principles, particularly Meththa and Karuna. Is it the same history repeating all the time? This is a very primitive view of history. Sinhala Buddhist nationalism is basically a modern phenomenon, although with some ancient roots, under the development of capitalism, like the present day Tamil nationalism. Nationalism is basically a modern phenomenon all over the world. It is mainly the Indo-Aryan theories of some German scholars which gave a superior complex to the Sinhala intelligentsia at the beginning of the 20th century. In the ancient past, there had been many inter-dynastic wars where kings used religion as a weapon in their competition, domination or destruction of others. Otherwise, both Hinduism and Buddhism have come from the same religious, intellectual and philosophical traditions. It is time to stop unnecessary competition or hatred. In Japan, Buddhism co-exists with Shinto religion very much similar to Hinduism. Why cannot Buddhism co-exist with Hinduism which are much closer? It is good for Buddhism which I respect as a philosophy very much which is spreading worldwide. Buddhism is not a Sinhala phenomenon only, although it is true that it is in Sri Lanka mainly that Theravada Buddhism was preserved and developed. Why do we prolong our Dhukka (problems) as we can find a Magga (a way out) to resolve our differences and conflicts through a proper analysis of Samudaya (causes)? We have to find a Middle Path as the Buddha advised us to do.

        If people, whether the Sinhalese, the Tamils, the Muslims or the Christians have unnecessary fears, it is not healthy for a country or for themselves. Even in personal lives sometimes, it is the unnecessary fears and suspicions that lead to conflicts. These are ‘Delusions’ that the Buddha talked about. Buddhism is a strong philosophy. No one today should be scared about its survival or existence.

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        Good Student”Buddhists have been attacked by violent Tamils since about 300 BC and about 1000 AD Anuradhapura was wiped out by Raja Raja. (ie our Anuradhapura was attacked for about 1300 before being wiped out).”

        What I infer from your statement is that Tamils are indigenous to Sri Lanka since about 300BC

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        Good Student
        Have you forgotten the day when a peaceful Satyagrha protest was conducted by Tamil parliamentarians at Galle Face in the vicinity of the Parliament to protest against the passing of Sinhala Only Act in 1956 how Sinhala Buddhist hoodlums and goons were instigated by the PM of that time to attack the Satygrahis besides ordering the Police to not intervene and take action?
        Have you forgotten or do you deny the fact that the Jaffna Public Library was not attacked and valuable books and manuscripts were set alight by Sinhala Buddhist goons and police hoodlums in civil without the support of certain ministers holding cabinet posts in the JRJ regime ?
        Exactly the same happened at Nalanda University in Bihar and now it is history. The Taliban with it’s base in Pakistan &Afghanistan did the same in 2001 to the Bamiyan Buddha statue which was a worl heritage.
        What did SL do about it other than lodge a perfunctory protest.What else can it do anyway?
        Is that why now the Lankan Foreign minister is cuddling up to Pakistan now saying that Sri Lanka did not pull out of the SAARC conference contradicting his own PM’s statement in Delhi? Pathetic is it not?

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        Bad student learn your history. Sinhalese built Polonaruwa! It was the Cholas who built Polonaruwa and not a so called non existent Sinhalese people and all those impressive Hindu and Buddhist ruins that the Sinhalese falsely portray to the world as theirs was built by them. The Sinhalese establishment aided and abetted by Sinhalese extremist like you are trying to rewrite history

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    A sound assessment of the situation and of the confused left thinking which mixed up the Tamil people with an Tamil elitist faction.

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      sekara,

      “A sound assessment of the situation and of the confused left thinking which mixed up the Tamil people with an Tamil elitist faction.”

      Brilliant and short! I wish I were able to express myself in a similar way.

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    Ajith the parrot.

    ” EPDP was responsible for large number of crimes such as misuse of power, abductions, brime, murder (violence) of Tamils along with King of crimes Mahinda Rajapakse regime.”

    Can you prove any of the statement above ?? This is pure LTTE propaganda to prove the Tigers are sole representatives of Tamil Ideology.
    It is the Tigers who ,Robbed people,Abducted youth for money.Violations against Tamils and also their own cader.Murdered Amir,Neelan & Rajini.

    Has the current Yahapalana government taken up EPDP for any crimes???

    EPDP is the only credible group that have consistently delivered to the Tamils.Why they get bad press is because they worked with Rajapakse.
    but so did My 3,Rajitha ,Mangala and the rest.???

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      Liverpool Sudda,
      Are you not aware of “people Verdict”? What further evidence you want? working with Rajapakse itself more than enough.

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      Not only the bad press but also EPDP was pointed at by the victims’ loved ones when the latter gave evidence to Presidential commisons. Together with EPDP other paramilitaries were also alleged to have kidnapped suspected LTTEers and others who were suspected of being against the Rajapakse government.

      Why hasn’t the Rajapakse and Sirsena’s governments not initiated investigations of allegations of extra judicial killings? Theformer was an accomplice with EPDP, Karuna and Pillaiyan factions. One day the truth will come out.

      The auther’s analysis is a genuine attempt to explain why Eluku Tamil campaign was longed?

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    Ahilen K

    You are completely right .Tamil nationalism is a vertical split while class struggle is a horizontal divide in society. Unfortunately the Elitist Upper Class Vellalai Tamils now dominate Tamil polity including Diaspora.
    Sooner or later the Tamil masses will revolt against the upper crust but when?

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      Unfortunately the Elitist Upper Class Vellalai Tamils now dominate Tamil polity

      Stupid Tamils.

      tobacco farmers, Vegetable farmers are upper class. Barbaers, toddy tappers, fishermen can not come to colombo and they can go only to Tamilnadu, so they are lower class.

      church comes and clean them then all are top class in colombo.

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    The tragedy is no one has ever formulated a practical devolution model encompassing at least 90% of the Tamil speaking people taking into account their demographic distribution in the island.

    Sinhalese are confused as to whom a political solution is sought for. Is it for ALL Tamil speaking people including those who practise Islam and those arrived during the British or for only Hindu and Christian Tamils in the North who are led by Wingeshwaran?

    All Tamil speaking people in the island should forgo their differences in caste, religion and date of arrival and form a common front and devise a practical devolution model which covers at least 95% of them for initiating a meaningful discussion.

    Soma

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      somaaasss

      “The tragedy is no one has ever formulated a practical devolution model encompassing at least 90% of the Tamil speaking people taking into account their demographic distribution in the island.”

      Before 17 December 1903, there was no machine which had flown. Louise Brown was the known first test who was born on 25 July 1978. Before Louise there had been no known cases of such birth. Sony Walkman was first launched on 1 July 1979, until then you carried your ghetto blaster on your shoulders.

      The history is replete with inventions, creativity and new product, technology, and technics.

      So don’t scratch your b***s, because with your ghetto mindset you are confined to a tiny little space.

      Forget it.

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        Forgot to take the pills?

        Soma

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          somaaassss

          “Forgot to take the pills?”

          Sorry I didn’t know you sell them for your living.

          Which of the following do you supply:

          Absinthe,Cannabis,Methamphetamine, Cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, Heroin, Morphine, Opium, Acid, PCP, ….

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            NV

            You must appreciate I haven’t encroached into your area of supplying Cyanide caps. They are looking for you for supplying fake ones.

            Soma

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              somassss

              ” They are looking for you for supplying fake ones.”

              How did they miss you?

              Aren’t you the one stop man who is well known for selling fake passport, fake Buddhism, fake patriotism, paranoia, fake medicine, forged bills, fake history, treasure hunter’s loot, fake pilot license, ………….. ?

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      Soma:

      The tragedy is no one has ever formulated a practical devolution model encompassing at least 90% of the Tamil speaking people taking into account their demographic distribution in the island.

      So, you want only the newly arrived Kallathonis that includes the 10% without any political solution ?

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    Even though Eluga Tamil is cheap Tamil nationalism, Those melodrama are allowed in Sri lanka. Tamil paly tribal card in the open and it is reverse discrmination. Muslims and christiand go on making Sri lanka another vatican and a Saudi arabia.

    If that drama was played by Sinhala parties, CT would be full of articles against that.

    All these educated and scholars would be beating their chests with both hands.

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    soma,

    “Sinhalese are confused as to whom a political solution is sought for.”

    It is you who is ostensibly confused! We all know the reason behind that don’t we? 2,500 year history and the Sinhala nation cannot even dream of sharing power with the Tamil invaders, right?

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      B.I.

      Honestly I am confused.

      Is it for ALL Tamil speaking people including those who practise Islam and those arrived during the British or for only Hindu and Christian Tamils in the North who are led by Wingeshwaran?

      Soma

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    I really don’t believe that the foreign powers easily give up what they had achieved for the last three decades through Tamil armed groups. Indians and the Westerners used Tamils to achieve their interests, still they are behind the Tamil political leaders. South can easily lose the peace they had won at the expense of many lives, if they don’t watch the Tamil leaders very carefully.

    Tamils have eliminated their own leaders and intellectuals more than any other race in Asia. Last forty years Tamils have avoided smart Tamils and gone backward. Generally speaking, Tamils can’t handle smart Tamils. This is why they have ended up in this sad status even though Tamils are five times in population in the world than Sinhalese. I have found that changing Tamil leaders’ ideology is like straightening a dog’s tail.

    Tamil leaders just blindly support foreign powers for their own benefits. They do dirty politics for their own perks and benefits. That is why Tamils have nothing after thirty years of brutal war. Therefore, I have urged the Sinhalese leaders and the other Asian leaders to watch diaspora and Sri Lankan Tamil leaders’ moves carefully; because, Tamil leaders have the ability to destroy Sri Lanka and South Asia, as they have done for the last three decades. The West has an intention to use Sri Lankan Tamils to dominate Indian Ocean and South Asia; as it has been using the Jews to dominate the Middle East.

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      Antany Peter:

      “Indians and the Westerners used Tamils to achieve their interests, still they are behind the Tamil political leaders”

      Did you talk to your uncle Mahinda before shooting out of your mouth like a donkey? He had publicly admitted that he won India’s war.

      “Generally speaking, Tamils can’t handle smart Tamils.”

      Is that why your Mahinda mama sacked the former CJ (Shiranee) through a sham hearing. Why not you give some training to them if you have nothing better to do?

      Did you know that the Sinhalese are going to send their kin with a Buddhist flag to the moon next month? The Sinhalese have outsmarted the Tamils in this adventure.

      “Tamil leaders have the ability to destroy Sri Lanka and South Asia”

      Probably the Sri Lanka part may be true but not the South Asia part. There is nothing left to destroy. Sri Lanka has been a state in anarchy since independence, thanks to donkeys like you.

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    What a silly writing . The author agrees that every demand is legitimate. Author agrees government is undemocratic towards the Tamils. Author agrees Tamil victims need their lands back and disappearence of Tamil youth need to be addressed. But he does not like the way that Tamils are protesting. It is 7 year after war, and Tamil grievances are still there. How does Ahilan Kadirgamar propose to solve this problem. Instead of nitpicking on the Tamils who are peacefully and democratically protesting,can this KADIRGAMAR show us the way? Or does he want to throw the Tamils under the bus in the real KADIRGAMAR style.

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    Sri Lanka is not the only multiracial, multilingual Country in the region. Leaders of all other Countries never allowed the Country get divided into separate Countries. Instead they divided into separate Administering units for keeping the Country as a whole Country. Bangladesh and Pakistan got separated from India and India willingly separated them as two separate Countries. But have all Muslims left India to join Pakistan or Bangladesh? Is India forcing all Muslims to leave India?
    What is most important for a Country to progress? What is the problem for Sri Lanka politicians? Why not they also get straight forward with all minorities and do good management from the grass root level? What is the necessity they have to a prolonged imprisonment for Tamil prisoners without any valid criminal charge? Why do they pretend deaf to the Tamils and the UN? Are there no responsible Country centered educated in Sri Lanka to advice and brainstorm to make the politicians do the right. Is the showdown the Country suffered not enough for routing out racism?

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      “India willingly separated them as two separate Countries”

      willingly?

      you must be mad

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    Ahilan
    “Eluga Thamil protests, much like Rajapaksa’s Pada Yathra, is a farce, it is a wake-up call to the country”

    It is idiotic to compare Eluga Thamil protest to Rajapaksa’s Pada Yathra

    Rajapaksa’s Pada Yathra is an egoistic one man show to capture power again by hook or crook.

    Eluga Thamil is a cry from the Tamils specially in the North and East against militarisation and continued oppression and Sinhlalisation of the North.

    I stopped reading your article at the end of this paragraph. I assume the rest is as idiotic as this and/or repeat of the history with u r own panacea.

    I stopped reading your article

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      Rajash,

      Get real mate there is no Sinhalisation in the North it is only lies told by Tamils such as yourself and Wiggie and the Tamilnet.

      If you look at the 2012 census only about 2000 Sinhalese live in the Jaffna district. We are worried by the Tamilisation of the Sinhalese areas with almost 200,000 Sri Lankan Tamils living in the Colombo district alone with loads of Hindu temples upholding and propagating the dirty caste discrimination.

      There are 65,000 Sri Lankan Tamils live in the Kandy district as well with loads of Hindu kovils spreading the dirty caste system and discrimination against Tamil women. What about that?

      Please confront your stupidity and hypocrisy.

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        I have no issues with Sinhalese living in Jaffna and contributing to the economy. I am sure we need professionals such as, teachers, lecturers, doctors, engineers, cricket and other sport coaching staff. They are all welcome to come voluntarily and settle in Jaffna

        What is happening now is force settlement of/by Sinhala army

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        Good student,

        Thanks.

        “If you look at the 2012 census only about 2000 Sinhalese live in the Jaffna district”

        I would like to see statistics that show the pre-war and the latest available numbers of Muslims, Sinhalese and Christians in the Northern Province and the districts. My hypothesis is that there are more Christians and that the Sinhalese and Muslims have mostly not returned. Any colonies should show in the statistics assuming they are reliable.

        In the same way the GAs should publish statistics showing how the amount of land used by the security forces has developed after 2009.

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    Eluga Thamil: First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

    In the North Tamils are exploited by tobacco farmers. Tamils tolerate it.

    In the south it is the same story.

    PAbakakran whould have cleaned the country from these people. Instead he started it.

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    Ahilan Kathirhamar,

    Why Eluga ???
    [Edited out]

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    An insightful analysis. The Tamil fascists and the Sinhala fascists feed off each other and the both the Sinhalese masses and Tamil masses pay the price. The path to a secular and rational state grows darker by the minute.And Wigneswaran is a major disappointment — indeed a tragic mistake for the Tamil people.
    Write on Ahilan K:At least it shows there are some sane and wise Tamils!!

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    Ahilan,

    You forget that nearly 60% of Sri Lankan Tamils (ie about 600,000 Tamils), including yourself, live in the Sinhalese areas. (This excludes another nearly 1 million teas estate Tamils who also live in Sinhalese areas) and only about 2000 Sinhalese live in the Jaffna district!!!!!!after being ethnically cleansed by Velu. Most Tamils have very valuable property in Colombo and ancestral property in Jaffna. Hell of a lot more than the Sinhalese have.

    And the demands of TPC/TNA are simply unjust and excessive. That is they are asking for one third of the country (NP & EP) whilst living by the droves in Sinhalese areas. Only Tamils can make such selfish and unreasonable demands.

    I hope if this new Constitution which is being drawn up in secret, (Ranils clearly got something to hide, is tilted too much in favour of Sri Lankan Tamils (or India!!), Sri Lankans will reject it, in the referendum as unjust, in the way Colombians rejected the peace deal with FARC last week. Tamils want to have the cake and eat it! And Ranil and Mangala are going to give it to them at the expense of the Sinhalese (and presumably the Muslims, Burgers and the much neglected Veddas).

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      Good student with
      bad education
      and ugly mind

      Here is what Wimal Sangili Karrupan Weerawamsa told Ceylon Today:

      “We have received information that government will go for a referendum by January or February next year to pass a new Constitution beneficial to leaders such as R. Sampanthan of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA). The Joint Opposition challenges the government to go for a referendum and they will defeat the new Constitution with the support of the people.” Leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) MP Wimal Weerawansa said in an interview with Ceylon Today.”
      7/10/16

      You rant:

      “I hope if this new Constitution which is being drawn up in secret, (Ranils clearly got something to hide, is tilted too much in favour of Sri Lankan Tamils (or India!!), Sri Lankans will reject it,”

      If the the constitution is being drafted in secret how come you and Wimal Sangili Karrupan Weerawamsa know about the content of which is yet to be released?

      You are certain the constitution will be rejected. What a moron you are.

      You will go any extent to prevent any progressive move to get this country out of current state of parochial, racist, and undemocratic politics, and prepared to “cut off your nose to spite face”.

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    Dear Ahilan,

    In endeavouring to write a balanced article you have written an unbalanced article.(and sometimes made false statements.

    Try and do better next time. You are an educated decent Tamil man (not the Tamil trash) please do better next time.

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    Kavi Sunderam

    “At least it shows there are some sane and wise Tamils!!”

    Could you name a few sane and wise Sinhala/Buddhists in their Fatherland.

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    Ahilan,

    I fully agree with you. But most Tamil people who read this (when they can read English) are extremist Diaspora Tamils and the professional and university lecturer class who widely support extremism. They are, as you say, only for themselves.

    Please write in Tamil somewhere. Ordinary Tamils must read your writings

    Tamil in Jaffna

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    The Chaffs Even longer than Basmati Chaffs.

    The guy’s only purpose is attacking CV, but confused of any direction to go. Has laboured an entire night for stillbirth. Pathics. There not one single political point to counter. He is praising TNA blasing TNA. Praising Amirthalingam. Blasting TULF praising TULF. FP……

    Here see how much he convulsing to twist!
    Take land for example. Some of it has been taken over by the military and of course should be released immediately, but there are also a large number of landless people within the Tamil community who also need to be resettled. In Jaffna District, about ten percent of the population are landless and do not even qualify for the post-war housing grants. But rarely have Tamil nationalists considered the plight of the landless. Does this man know there was war took place? Does he thinks it happened because somebody wanted Prime Minister Post? After asking all these for 60 years the war took place? Education, citizenship, living right, use of Language, does he know how many of them were deprived of their entire possession? …. the fool is talking only about the Tamils who do not have lands. TNA has no land power. But the Army is occupying the North. Having the land released from who owned not building rod to deploy army fast. It is reclaiming the lost right to live in land as Tamil Society, not as one crocodile, elite Kathirgamar Family.

    TNA is comprised only four parties. FP has said they were not opposing the Rally. All other TNA parties were in the Rally. TULF was there. EPDP wanted to be there. It was there unofficially. Many NGOs were there. It seems no Tamil representation is left out. Then where is out there Akhilandeswarar standing? Wo whom he talking for? Like an Angodai Paithiyam, he is jabbering with contradicting things all over everywhere. The person cared and brought upcountry Tamils to Vanni was Leader Pirapaharan. Not elite crocodiles of Kathirgamar Family. Only person was able to control caste problem was leader Pirapaharan. Not elite crocodiles of Kathirgamar family. Can he deny that?

    Now it is time to be united all the castes under TNA, all men and Women organizations under TNA and ask for a political solution from the deceiving Yahapalanaya-Chitanta hybrid government. Akhilandeswarar is trying to wedge that by working with Minidhapala and Izeth Hussain. Then, preaching others to go united with the deceptors?

    “Historically, the Federal Party and the TULF took a polarising path in the 1960s and 1970s “

    What Path Kathirgamar took and what happened to his achievements?

    “And they paid for it with the elimination of their own leadership, including the assassinations of TULF leader Amirthalingam and a whole range of their prominent and second rung leaders by the very LTTE, which in its early stages was encouraged through such narrow nationalist mobilisations.”

    Is that all Akhilandeswarar does know? Let’s start another story and see if he can complete it, if knows. Lakshman Kathirgamar put all the power and money of the Attanagalla Princess’ government against LTTE. He preached an anti-Tamils crusade to the foreign diplomats. He was so successful on that when right after the last local government election, in parliament, Sampanthar said ” If Mr.Kathirgamar” comes now he will see the result of his deeds”. Then at the parliament of Yahapalanaya Goverment, Ranil said he do know who kiled Kathirgamar. His family attempted to get Ranil to launch a fresh investigation, as they, on their own,know how he died”. But the Tamil family’s, whom attached to SLFP, pleading went in vain as Ranil never really entertained SLFPyers other than Old King, one person Now can our Akhilandeswarar continue story and say for what services of Kathirgamar he got paid for by Old Royals? He knows better than us to continue it.

    Fourteen years ago during the ceasefire period, the LTTE organised the Pongu Thamil mobilisations under the cover of doing “political work”, but in reality they made local actors complicit in their separatist politics and prepared them for war So Ranil did not use the peace accord? He did not split LTTE? He did not refuse to the sign the ICC accord? He didn’t claim he is the one defeated LTTE by signing the peace accord? LTTE started political campaign in nonviolent way only after the peace accord signed. What happened to the Prime Minister post Kathirgamar looking for? It is the same result LTTE got by signing a peace deed with Ranil. Deception!

    The political moves of the LTTE during the ceasefire period eventually ended in the tragedy of Mullivaikal with thousands of youth forcefully recruited and sacrificed by the LTTE and the people mowed down by the tremendous fire power of the Security Forces. Victory for a suicidal traitor for sacrificing his life for enemy’s target.

    they neither took a position when the Tamils including dissidents were being targeted as “traitors” by the LTTE nor did they have to face the consequences of the tragedy that engulfed the Tamil community. Sad but true, still Chandrika is not ready demand for a proper inquiry into the death of Lakshman Kadirgamar, her faith servant! Only one person openly demanded was American Ambassador Robert Blake (except for few diaspora crowd).

    While the Eluga Thamil declaration claims to address the Government and the international actors, the demagoguery against the military and the obtuse rhetoric of Sinhala Buddhist “settler colonialism”, is no different from the extreme rhetoric of actors such as Bodu Bala Sena. Akhilandeswarar is far reaching to call TPC as BBS. But again if you call Kathirgamar a Traitor, feeling lot of pain.

    It consists of sections of lawyers, doctors, Christian clergy, university lecturers and journalists. See his struggle to reach anything he can not catch. He is condemning that the Tamil politicians are professional and educated. He is not establishing them as plutocrats or special interest group, but they are professional. In other words, he is adoring the 55% of the Lankawe MPs who have not qualified GCE(O/L). Unfortunately he failed to exclude him from the that category either. He missed to see his face on the mirror before he started to write. T

    his writing is worse than Chaffs. The fool is not understanding that diaspora learned from Kathirgamar to influence the IC. That is for what Ezhuga Tamil. Do you hear what Sampanthar has called for? Too late, but still there is a point. He wants CV speech investigated! Akhilandeswarar and other anti-Tamil group has successfully misinterpreted CV’s speech and have made BBS to howl that they are going to chase Tamils has to India. (Gnanasara did not hear about ETCA). If the government investigate it, then CV will have to honored. But it will be forced by that procedure to investigate many others. Then the Tamils will have to clarify that actually all what CV said true. That will be real rude awaking for the IC of what is happening in Lankawe after their beloved Yahapalanaya Goverment took over the power with their support.

    In other words, they do not address the process by which much needed devolution and power sharing would empower all those who are marginalised by class, caste, gender and region within the Tamil community; rather it is for them a tussle for power between the Tamil elite and the Sinhala elite.

    Did you he is calling Tamils politician, in his words, just only professionals,(I wonder if knows the meaning of the word Professional). Now Tamil elites. Politically failed Kathirgamar Family calling professionals as elite families?Guys do do feel a different cloud is covering the Sinhala Buddhist Extremist propagandas, as they are running out of source but fear is arsing high if the IC will force for War Crime Inquiry? If don’t that is why Thero de Silva has started to call somebody as “Sinhala Buddhist Extremist”. It is not kettle calling the pot “back”. There is something unperceivable and more dangerously black than kettle or pot is existing. The Black Hole of the Sinhala Buddhist Extremists. It attracts forcefully anything and destroy it. That is what Thero De Silva meant. The Tamil Translation of that what is the the Akhilandeswarar.

    He tell medicine for for everybody, but has not found out his diseases. The family naively asked Ranil to investigate Lakshman Kathimar’s death. If he knows how to write a convincing essay, not a chaff like this and how to unite with Sinhalese can he get any Sinhalese help and have the father’s death investigated and justice served? Then he should come and prescribe his medicine and the people will that dose.

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      Mallituran,
      They know what is the disease and what caused the disease and what is the medicine to cure the disease. But they do not want to cure the disease because the cause of the disease was not natural but it was caused by a bacteria that was developed by the chief doctor.No one is prepared to speak against chief doctor who purposely produced and injected that bacteria into the patient. The bacteria is now fully spread except Head. Chief doctor’s aim is to the bacteria should go reach the head and kill the patient naturally.Among the other doctors, some wants to completely eradicate the bacteria to save the patient and recover fully and some wants to kill the patient rather than eradicating bacteria and somes want to delay the killing of patient until the bacteria spread head to tail, so give some paracetamol to reduce the pain of the patient.

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        Soory about the spelling Mallaiyuran.

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      Another lucid and coherent and well composed article, Mallaiyuran!
      Keep on writing Sir and enlighten the readers of this journal and help them to clear away all their political confusions with your exemplary prose!

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      Mallaiyuran,

      You write stupid comments here that make very little sense. Do you want black and white answers and solutions to all the questions that we Tamils are grappling with? Do you know the value of critical thinking and critical argumentation? Do you know the Sinhala and Tamil politicians of this country who, like you, see all the problems in a black and white way are responsible for the misery that Tamils are facing now?

      Also, you don’t know any facts. I have seen in many of your comments that you don’t even know that Rajan Hoole and Ratnajeevan Hoole are two different people. Rajan Hoole never ever contested for the post of Vice Chancellor. In most of your comments on his articles here you often state that Rajan Hoole wanted to be the VC. Check your facts. Some irresponsible people may cheer for you when you write nonsense and lies. But not everyone.

      And in this comment on Ahilan Kadirgamar’s piece, you claim Lakshman Kadirgamar is Ahilan Kadirgamar’s father. Are you nuts? Did you check your facts?

      Only fools will listen to your ideas. Others are not going to keep quiet just because write long paragraphs of non-sense.

      Everybody knows that TNA has no land powers. It is about articulating people’s problems. Why can’t the TNA talk about the problems of the oppressed castes and landless people? Why can’t you talk about them?

      Load of shit has been written here by this Mallaiyuran. Why is Lakshman Kadirgamar so important here? Who is Lakshman Kadirgamar? Does Mallaiyuran think that Ahilan Kadirgamar support all the ideas that Lakshman supported? Isn’t it silly and stupid to write a response to someone’s article based on what their relatives said and did.

      Doesn’t Mallaiyuran know that the civil society in Jaffna include professionals and they are the key decision makers. Where does Ahilan K says that politicians are professionals.

      Ahilan has misinterpreted Vigneshwaran’s speech – another lie this stupid Malliayuran has written. Does anywhere in the article Ahilan talks about Vigneswaran’s speech? Read your comments twice or thrice before you post them here.

      This is how I would characterize Mallaiyuran’s comments – writing things that the authors did not say in their articles and then use those lies to attack them. Intelligent readers of Colombo Telegraph know that you are a foolish man trying to get some attention.

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        “Do you know the Sinhala and Tamil politicians of this country who, like you, see all the problems in a black and white way are responsible for the misery that Tamils are facing now?”
        Mr Ragunathan Seevaratnam,

        Critizizing others is not the solution to the problems of the Country. I don’t know who you are or Ahilan Kathirkamar but do you have a solution to those problems faced by the people? You blamed both Tamil and Sinhala politicians but the reality how do you propose to solve this issue. Critical thinking is not about just about put the blame and escape. It is about finding solutions to the problem. Yes, Mallaiyuran may have confused between Rajan Hoole and his brother Ratnajeevan Hoole but his comments have got facts.Regarding his comments about Wigneswaran speech Ahilan Kathirkamar’s aricle accuses it as Tamil Nationalism (The Eluga Thamil rally on September 24 in Jaffna was nothing but the continuation of efforts to keep reactionary Tamil nationalism mobilised after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009).

        I think your descriptions more suited for your comments.

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        “Why can’t the TNA talk about the problems of the oppressed castes and landless people? Why can’t you talk about them? ”

        Ragunathan Seevarathinam you too have the government sponsored PhD?

        A massive effort has been put by the Kathirgamar camps to divide the Tamils along the caste line. This politically failed group, after having completed their PhDs with the support of government, working hard with Mahindapala, Izeth Hussain and other government’s paid Coolies. The interest thing is none of these gang’s PhD is good enough even to run a fish Kadai(Including Akhilandeswarar), but they are noisier than needed for that business. The Tamil coolies in that gang mainly concentrate in English because they know the voting styles of the deprived castes, though by the defect of the system, it is true, more percentage of them are uneducated than others. They only have been voting for FP and contributed to LTTE in a hiher percentage than others. The communism in the 1960, 1970 and less of 1980s, purely based on caste, did not pick up. Without any feeling of caste differences, Tamils, from the beginning, stick on to FP politics only. Shanmuganathan, VP, Karalasingham, Valagampaku all died without any political address. Sirimvo’s game with massive funds with China and USSR government died with Sirimavo.

        So now the direction have been changed by the Appe Aandu, throwing some dried fish called PhD to some of these gangs and using that title to divide the Tamils. This is to confuse the IC and slow down the IC’s willingness to investigate the war crime. The reason the Kathirgamar gang is stretching out an extra mile on blocking the inquiry is because, like Thero de Silva who risks his 2009 campaigns mask getting torn off, Kathigamar’s anti-Tamil propaganda too is to be de-masked in that investigation too. This gang, if it perceives the caste problem is Tamils’ problem and then instead of targeting the oppressed class and educate other class, but with highly flamboyant articles which lack insight and truth, are targeting the Diplomatic foreign sources. Almost all recent articles on Akhilandeswarar is directly targeting that IC inquiry with the claim of there is caste problem in Jaffna, so the inquiry is absolutely not necessary. His articles has to be interpreted that he claims if the foreign Lawyers and judges comes to this country, they are going to be biased towards upper castes of Jaffna so their appointment to the investigations have to be stopped. These articles mainly talk about Jaffna caste system. Those completely ignore the other areas and the similarity of the system.

        Within all the Hindu caste systems, Ceylon system might be the mildest, as it is continues from the aboriginal Dravidian system that existed in Ceylon before the Sinhala and the Tamil languages split into two different IDs. Because the Sinhala system still holding to the similarity of the Eelam Tamils system, some researches who thinks Sinhalese came to this island first is putting forward opinion that Jaffna system is not adopted from Tamil Nadu, but it was copied from Sinhalese. The truth is this is Aryans’ Varna system not influenced Davidian system. In that Chaathi exist as technical castes but no level different exist like in the Varna of the Aryan system. In Dravidian system all same but do different jobs. Then why Akhilandeswarar and other Kathirgamar camp is isolating Jaffna only and pounding on it? Though Rajavarothayam, Raja Maanickam, Ehamparam, Sampanthar and the rest of the Eastern guys are there, FP based power center is north as it is where SJV started his struggles. Even Sampanthar, Yoheswaran like current activist draw their energy from North. That is why these gangs’ masters have instructed them to destroy North using the caste division. Akilandeswarar’s ugly face is obvious in the articles appeared outside, than the ones comes to CT. He is dedicating his “Udal aavi, porul” in sabotaging the IC inquiry using the Caste system of Jaffna. He is just covering up with lies the fact with IC inquiry both upper and lower has to benefit as the foreign diplomats not going to recognize the differences. Even all the active members of the IC community in the Colombo theater have accepted the solution has to be first to solve the problems of Tamils. This is nothing less than what Lakshman Kathirgamar did in the start of 2000s. The things is, certainly the foreign NGOs and the diplomats will know the extent of the problems and way to curb it, evantully. But there is chance of Akilandeswarar succeeding in temporarily slowing down the IC inquiry by misleading the ignorance of the IC diplomats who does not read Tamil.

        As I said earlier, Akilandeswarar had brought the Vanni’s settlements as examples. CV has issued his orders within his authority to deal with it. He has asked if any problems caused by NPC employees showing difference in treatment of depriving the people rights to access services of NPC settle by leader Pirapakaran in Vanni, bring it to his attention. I like to repeat it again. It was leader Pirapakaran brought those Tamils with the intention of starting a new life for them there. He was the only one tackled the caste problem in Tamil Eelam.

        “Why can’t you talk about them?” Well Appe Andu did not throw money on my PhD scholarship. (I did not look for that money; I left the country to get the out of JR’s hell.) So I am not obligated to have to full fill anything. In my judgment if the Upper class and lower class are risking of being wiped out of Lankawe by supporting Akilandeswarar’s effort of only concentrating on caste problem with a hidden agenda, I have my own selection of what to talk. You are not the one to question me on that. Sorry….

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    Ahilan Kadirgamar,

    Thanks for the incisive article. it is an article by a Tamil who while being what he is,is not being limited by it. You are able to have a panoramic view of the forest, while yet identifying the trees, bushes, grass and the nettles there-in.

    The comments above expose the opinion making that is being engineered by the few, in the name of the many, beginning soon after the war. The real concerns and mundane problems of the war-affected were not their concern. Their concern was about using the tragedy of the war-affected, to advance their own misguided Tamil nationalism, clutching at every straw that came their way.

    The TNA that yet, despite its many weeknesses, should start focusing on the problems confronting the silent and suffering majority , while participating in a sincere dialogue to resolve the national issues in a focused and sensible manner.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr RN

      “The real concerns and mundane problems of the war-affected were not their concern. Their concern was about using the tragedy of the war-affected, to advance their own misguided Tamil nationalism, clutching at every straw that came their way.”

      After the war Tamil political class behaved like a mother at a fatal accident where her children lay scattered bleeding, some dying talking to the police about the offender rather than calling the ambulance. To this day she never visits the hospital but spends all her time hanging around court rooms.

      Soma

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      Dr RN,

      “The TNA that yet, despite its many weeknesses, should start focusing on the problems confronting the silent and suffering majority , while participating in a sincere dialogue to resolve the national issues in a focused and sensible manner.”

      I share your wish.

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    Well said Doc.
    You are a positive breed

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    A quote relevant to what is being orchestrated in Jaffna:

    “Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.”- George Santsyana.

    Dr.RN

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    Ahilan

    You are saying “The Eluga Thamil rally on September 24 in Jaffna was nothing but the continuation of efforts to keep reactionary Tamil nationalism mobilised after the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009.”

    Politically correct so-called Sri Lankan Tamil intellectuals like you have always irrationally criticised Tamil nationalism and true to your character you are calling it as reactionary Tamil nationalism.

    In the days of the French revolution, the church and monarchists were called reactionaries. Later during and after the Soviet and Chinese revolutions, the red comrades, called some of those comrades whose ideas appeared to them to be socialist but contained shades of feudalism and capitalism as reactionaries.

    I do not know in what sense you have used the term “reactionary” here but going by the historical usage of this term which derives from the French word “réactionnaire” am I to assume that you mean that Tamil nationalism is reactionary because it is opposed to the existing progressive policy of the Tamil National Alliance or perhaps even the Sri Lankan government?

    Ahilan, will you therefore explain what exactly you mean by “reactionary Tamil nationalism”?

    You are berating Eluga Tamil movement saying that it “has kindled ethno-nationalist emotions” and “has also caused much confusion in the South”.

    The same accusations were made by the politically correct so-called Tamil intellectuals like you against all Tamil parties and Tamil political movements such as the Tamil Congress, Tamil Arasu Katchi, Tamil United Liberation Front etc. from time to time whenever they agitated for their just rights that have been continually denied by the Sinhala governments in Sri Lanka.

    Arm chair all-knowing Tamil pundits like you never ever contributed to the fight for the rights of the Tamils. What right you have now to question the Eluga Tamil movement which has clearly demonstrated that the demands of the Tamils will never die down?

    You are accepting that “ There are indeed political grievances that are at the centre of Tamil politics; there is the unresolved national question predating the war, concerns linked to the devastation of the war and the continuing deprivation of rights and economic dispossession post-war.”

    You are also saying that “An important political challenge is national recognition of the immense suffering of the people who went through the war and how their lives continue to be marred by the failures of the state.”

    And in your view “The main political grievance facing the Tamils and other minorities since Independence is the majoritarian centralised state that is undemocratic.”

    If that is case, how you do you think you can change this majoritarian centralised state that is undemocratic?

    Do you think by writing articles very critical and demeaning of those who are airing the genuine feelings of the depressed and defeated Tamils you can bring about the change you prescribe?

    You are saying that “a non-unitary structure of the state which not only devolves power to the provinces, but also further down to the communities is crucial.”

    It is very nice to hear about these great ideas for the resolution of the Tamil problem that has existed for over the past sixty odd years. But, tell me, who will deliver such a solution?

    No Sinhala dominated Sri Lankan government will never ever agree to devolve power to the Tamils or the Muslims. That has been the history of the past sixty odd years. Nothing will change. This charade about drawing a new constitution will not result in devolution of any more powers to the Tamils. Sampanthan and TNA will get cheated in the same way other moderate Tamil leaders got cheated in the past. Sirisena and Ranil will conveniently put the blame on Rajapakse and his associates.

    Even the Sama Samajists and the Communists who once stood for parity of status when they helped draft the first Republican constitution of Sri Lanka could not provide for devolution of power to the Tamils. Then, how do you think this Sirisena and Ranil government going to devolve powers now to the Tamils and Muslims?

    It is the knowledge of the past cheatings of the Sinhala leaders in the past sixty odd years that has now made the Tamils realize that Sampanthan is going to suffer the same fate other moderate Tamil leaders like Chelvanayagam and Amirthalingam suffered.

    You are dishonestly muddling the issue of the return of the lands taken over by the Sri Lankan Army with the issue of the landless Tamils in the North. Landlessness is not just the problem of the Jaffna Tamils. It is a nationwide problem that has existed for a long time that affects all the communities.

    Like all the other politically correct so-called Tamil intellectuals you are also raising the issue of the Muslims evicted by the LTTE. But you conveniently forget the fact that Muslims leaders like Rishard and Hisbullah taking up Resettlement Ministerial portfolios have settled thousands of Muslims, even Muslims outside North East, in predominantly Tamil areas.

    You are castigating that “The Eluga Thamil protest and its demands claiming to articulate Tamil grievances were grounded in reactionary assertions about the Tamil homeland, nation and sovereignty…”

    The Tamil homeland, nation and sovereignty concept is a concept accepted by all Tamil political parties in the past as well the present. Sampanthan’s TNA accepts the very same concept. Ask Sumanthiran he will lecture you for hours on right to self-determination of the Tamils. Of course, he wants to go for internal self-determination first and if that fails he will have no option other than external self-determination which would lead to the creation of a separate state. The fact is that there is no real difference in policy between Sampanthan, Sumanthiran & Co and the policy of Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam.

    You are belittling the genuine anger and hatred of the Tamils of the Sri Lankan Military as “Demagoguery against the military”. How do you expect these Tamils so forgive and forget what the Sri Lankan military did to them and continue to do to them?

    Like a great political expert you are coming with the thesis that “Much of the confusion about the Eluga Thamil protest is due to the lack of understanding of the social base of the TPC. The narrow social base committed to the politics of the TNPF, TCSF and TPC are largely from Jaffna’s urban professional class. It consists of sections of lawyers, doctors, Christian clergy, university lecturers and journalists.”

    You must be a stupid if you deny the fact that it is this very same social base that has given leadership to Tamil moderate politics from the time of Ramanathan to this day.

    By the way, do you not belong to this very same narrow political base which you are now criticising?

    Fortunately the moderate Tamil politics has no place for the type of thugs and hooligans one now finds among the Sinhala politicians. The only time the Tamil political leadership changed hands was the time when Tamil youths took up arms against the Sinhala government. Had Prabaharan belonged to this urban professional class, Tamils would not be in this plight today.

    By your statement “they play on the fears about the Sinhala and Muslim population constructed as the ‘oppressive other’, they have no critique about the ‘cultural deterioration’ discourse which attempts to control Tamil women and they continue to refuse to even discuss caste oppression within Tamil society” you are again muddling the issues here. These are very different issues. Women’s rights and caste oppression are there in all the communities. It is not peculiar to the Tamils. It is there among the Sinhalese and among the Muslims. Oppression of women’s rights is the worst in the Muslim community.

    Your statement about losers backing Wigneswaran is nothing new or original. You are simply copying this hackneyed argument from those who are opposed to Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam. Here you are exposing your bankruptcy of thoughts and arguments against Wigneswaran.

    Another of your stupid argument is that “This is no different from how former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the remnants of his regime resorted to the Pada Yathra, as they increasingly felt politically marginalised after successive election defeats.”

    How stupid it is to compare Rajapakse’s Pada Yathra to the Eluga Tamil rally. Most commentators except for stupid fellows like you have agreed that the crowd that was seen at the Eluga Tamil rally was one never seen before since 2009.

    In this article you have continued to say many more stupid things and made many more stupid pronouncements. I therefore stop commenting any further.

    Ahilan, before I read this article I thought you were someone who deserved respect but now I have changed my views.

    You are no different to this guy Rajasingham Narendran who always says things to please the Sinhalese and the Sinhala leaders in all his comments to articles appearing in Colombo Telegraph.

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      Naga,

      “This charade about drawing a new constitution will not result in devolution of any more powers to the Tamils.”

      How can you judge it without studying it first?

      Powers should be devolved to the Muslims and Sinhalese also not only Tamils.

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    Perhaps,Ahilan Kadirgamer holds the Key[Incidentally,the Key was the Party symbol of the OLD LSSP] to the resolution of Tamil grievances in the North.
    Until,as and when he pulls out this KEY,the Tamils in the North should behave themselves!

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    Ahilan K, posturing as a great political savant has ‘diagnosed’ the ‘ills’ of the Tamils, but has not proposed any solution.

    Thus, his critique is useless.

    He forgets that Tamils are struggling under the Military Regime which pervades all aspects of their lives, while loosing their lands, homes, livelihoods, businesses and even their places of worship.

    Only ‘secret stooges’ who ‘toe the line’ in order to prevent takeover of their homes and lands, survive, and criticise Tamil leadership at every turn.
    Every society has such traitors – political goons and leaders, and individuals.

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      justice,

      “He forgets that Tamils are struggling under the Military Regime which pervades all aspects of their lives, while loosing their lands, homes, livelihoods, businesses and even their places of worship.”

      Do you really believe that most of us here are living this way?

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    Yes. Akilan should write such lofty ideas in the Tamil Language so that the majority of the Tamil vernacular illiterates and Akilan could also understand what he writes about.

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    This thesis of Ahilan is neither Fish,Flesh nor Fowl.

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      “This thesis of Ahilan is neither Fish,Flesh nor Fowl.” Well, you put it in one sentence, but I had to write almost half of an atile. Precise and concise!

      There is nothing to politically analyse.

      Well done!

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