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No Resolution To The Tamil Issue, No System Change

By Vishwamithra

“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.” ~ Greg Anderson

Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) was founded in late 1949 by a group of three Ceylon Tamil parliamentarians, SJV Chelvanayakam, C Vanniasingam and Senator EMV Naganathan. They had withdrawn from GG Ponnambalam’s All Ceylon Tamil Congress (ACTC) over the latter’s decision to enter the United National Party (UNP) government of DS Senanayake. ITAK was commonly called or known as the Federal Party (FP) in English. However, Ceylon being a multi-racial and multi-cultural polity and the ITAK being branded as a the Federal Party, that branding by itself may have contributed largely to the negation of this extraordinary governing concept of ‘Federalism’ by Sinhalese Buddhists, the majority voter-bloc in the country.

Federalism is a combined or compound mode of government that combines a general government with regional governments in a single political system, dividing the powers between the two. Federalism in the modern era was first adopted in the unions of states during the Old Swiss Confederacy. Furthermore, Federalism in most of the countries that have adopted as a mode of government, also have to grapple with issues related to varied cultures, religions and ethnic groups. United States of America, India, Canada and Switzerland are examples that have adopted Federalism as their governing methods. All these countries have not been invaded by a foreign power since the adoption of Federalism.

The relations between the central government, the ‘Union’, as it’s called in India, and the States are not blurry as one would expect. For instance, India’s federal system is so defined as per the three ‘lists’ over the subjects of which, power or authority is to be exercised by the respective institutions, Union, State or Concurrent, as defined in the Indian Constitution. This ‘list’ system must have played a very critical and heavy role in the adoption of the 13th Amendment to our own Constitution. Annexure ‘C’ to the 13th Amendment contained such a list of subjects but unfortunately for our Tamil brethren and more dishearteningly for Sri Lanka, Sinhala-chauvinists in the then JRJ-government of the 1980s did not allow the full implementation of Annexure C’.

Transfer of full powers over the Land and Police policies was a clear ‘no-no’ for these chauvinists in particular and when exploited by the Opposition politicians, to the majority of Sinhalese population in general. Adoption of the 13th amendment and implementation of the Provincial Government system suffered further by the escalation of the armed conflict between the security forces of the Central government and the militant Tamil forces led by Prabhakaran and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) organization.

India at no time wanted this escalation; on the one hand, because it increased the pressure they themselves faced from the Tamil Nadu State government and on the other, a weak Central government in her closest neighbor would not represent a palatable element in their future development as an up-and-coming world power. Everything that could go wrong went wrong afterwards for Sri Lanka.

It is utterly futile to labor the fact that Ceylon, especially her majority Sinhalese Buddhists, has been suffering from a severe ‘minority complex’ all along her history. What our anti-Federalism elements have not realized, or have deliberately ignored, is that before the invasion by the Portuguese in 1505, Ceylon too was ruled on a quasi-Federal system. Ancient Ceylon was divided into three major provinces, Ruhunu (South), Pihiti (what is known today as the Northern, North western and East) and Maya (Western and largely Central provinces). It was King Dutugamunu (our Ultra-chauvinists’ hero) who founded the first central rule covering the whole Island. Yet in 993, when Raja Raja Chola sent a large Chola army which conquered the Anuradhapura Kingdom, in the north, and added it to the sovereignty of the Chola Empire, Ceylon once again became a country with so many kingdoms whose respective powers were limited to the terrain that each kingdom-chief reined. The whole island was subsequently conquered and incorporated as a province of the vast Chola Empire during the reign of his son Rajendra Chola.

Ceylon as one single polity was conquered and ruled by the British after 1815, thus the sovereign Ceylon became a subject of the British Monarch. An unsophisticated type of federalism that Ceylon used to be ruled under various kings and chieftains vanished and the Soulbury Constitution was introduced as our main source of power, law and what followed wherefrom.

What armed the chauvinists on both sides of the aisle, Sinhalese and Tamils, is this concept of ‘sovereignty’. Sinhalese on the one hand never wanted to grant federalist type of powers to Tamils because they mistakenly thought (they are still of that opinion) the sovereignty of the nation would be compromised. Politicians went to town with this concept of sovereignty and what ensued was a 27-year war which claimed some of our youth who would have had a much different life if things were viewed by our leaders through a more farsighted lens.

We are now in the twenty first century. The country has travelled a long seventy five years after it was declared independent. For the first time in those 75 years, we are facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. The economy has collapsed; the politicians are corrupt beyond redemption and the people are as desperate as never before. 

If only Federalism was marketed as a positive mode of government, a mode that decentralized broad powers of the ‘Center’ to a given number of provinces whilst retaining the same powers as the ‘Union’ government of India such as defense, armed forces, foreign affairs, war and peace, citizenship, extradition, railways, shipping and navigation, airways, banking including income tax, customs and export duties, duties of excise, taxes etc., there would not have been suspicion and tension between the two major ethnic groups in the country. Well, it was not to be.

What the current crop of politicians failed to do was to enunciate the ‘decentralization’ aspect of ‘Federalism’ amongst their peers in the provinces. India would not have sustained her democratic way of government and democratic way of life if powers were centralized in the center. With such a vast variation amongst her peoples, a power that solely emanated from the center would have easily contributed to a total collapse of India’s democracy.

Please have look at the following spreadsheets:

Current Provincial and District CompositionProposed Provincial and District Composition

The 1st spreadsheet gives the current district and provincial distribution and their respective vital statistics as to land area, population density etc.

The 2nd Spreadsheet illustrates the proposed provincial divisions and the district assigned to each province. In both sheets the most salient statistic is the population density and the land area. Instead of arbitrary divisions by the British, I attempt to strike a balance between the population density and the cultural and ethnic complexion of each province and also availability of industry, schools, irrigation facilities etc. with a view to maintaining a more cohesive composition of the province. Provinces have come down from 9 to 6. Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Wayamba have been done away with as provinces. Badulla of Uva has been assigned to Central Province while Moneragala to Southern Province. From Sabaragamuwa Province, Ratnapura has been grouped with Central and Kegalle to Western Province. Entire North Western Province has been amalgamated with North Central Province.

What I have presented is not a fully complete proposal. However, I wish that this would encourage discussion and exchange of better input from all parties concerned in order arrive at a more acceptable ‘System Change’ through a sincere commitment to the principles of a) Sovereignty of the nation, b) Viability of the Proposal, c) Sustenance of Democracy and above all d) Extension of equality to all ethnic, religious and cultural segments of the land and her people.

Such changes would provide for inter district, inter provincial and intra provincial migration of the population, making such migration based solely on any reason. Institution of strong and durable architecture to the Union Constitution and Provincial Constitution shall further buttress the process of change. Albert Einstein defined insanity thus: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” We are engaged in this madness. However, that madness is not accidental; it’s deliberate; in order to keep oneself in power, one resorts to all sorts of insanities. Cosmetic changes and superficial remedies are such insanities our leaders have been committing ever since Independence. It’s time we sought another path.  

After enduring the whirlwinds of Aragalaya, if Sri Lanka were to learn from her shameful errors, must think anew. They must honestly and deliberately think outside the clichéd box. One might argue that after having been driven to the brink of total economic collapse, how can she think of a Federal System of Government? The answer is simple: it is the very fact that the country was driven to the edge because we have been stagnating in a system that has not served the purpose of its people.

Nevertheless, one unseen yet critical element of this proposal is leadership. Do we have the leadership to implement a new policy? Do we have, as one people, one country and sovereign nation have the guts and stomach to retain those guts to envision and put into action a totally fresh set of proposals whose only vested interest is the wellbeing of the masses?   

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com  

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    No Resolution To The Tamil Issue, No System Change

    He supported Aragalaya and ignorant after election same promises are made before election and after election different story, Politics is the art of the possible before election able to brainwash you. People are as desperate as never before, Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity, He is without people vole.

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      RBH59

      Did you hear the news that Jacinda Ardern is stepping down as Prime Minister of New Zealand next month? Here is part of her statement:

      “I am leaving because with such a privileged job comes a big responsibility. The responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead – and also when you’re not,’ she said.

      ‘I know when I have enough left in the tank to do it justice.”

      Whereas China’s leader Xi Jinping secures third term and stacks inner circle with loyalists. What a decent politician he is like Mao’s admirer Siri Mao.

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        “Whereas China’s leader Xi Jinping secures third term and stacks inner circle with loyalists.”

        Native,

        Why go as far as China? …….. Why not stay closer to home!

        What about your beloved Ranil appointing 37 ministers when the country is bankrupt – is that the inner or outer circle? …….. Did he do it for the benefit of the country ……. or to hang on to power as long as he can? …….. Where’s your hell-raising wrath? …….. You’re a better actor than Brando, Native! …… Pity you didn’t get an Oscar! :))

        One chooses one’s own mental-slavery ……. I suppose! ………… Be grateful ……….. the Lankans still have that freedom of choice. :))

        Ranil will not and has no interested in solving any problem in the country: it’s not his intent ……… he just wants to hang on to power as long as he can. ……. May the real Buddha he follows, give Native the courage to name him Lankan Xi Jinping …… only in one aspect: power-hunger. ………. But can the two be compared ……. look at China: look at Lanka?


        Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery,
        None but ourselves can free our minds. — Redemption Song

        Time for you to give up Buddhism and become a Rastafarian, Native.

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          continued

          In the photo, look at the expression on the face of the gent seated: Sambanathan ….. it tells all about his faith is Ranil’s “gunduwa” this time. ……… Lessons learned through experience in a long life …….. fingers getting burned as many times ……


          “dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live.” ~ Sounds more like Old Codger ………. than Greg Anderson :)))

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        Native, none of our old farts or Xi is worthy enough to discuss in the lines of young Jacintha.. Maturity, genuine, committed, educated, empathetic, humble, leadership , courage the lady had it all. Michell Obama once said, “we are hired to show up and when our time is up
        we pack up and leave “. Ours old farts need to be chased or forced out. Poor Chinese don’t even have that choice.

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      It is said that Ranil can read English. Why doesn’t he read this?
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      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/19/jacinda-ardern-resigns-as-prime-minister-of-new-zealand
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    Vishwa, in my opinion , this whole tragicomedy could have been avoided, only if we had a genuine, matured leader, who is committed in doing things right, by the nation, and not just for a community, party, supporters,family, friends, relatives, for the rich —–. Unfortunately Lanka never had that one leader. It’s never perfect but definitely not bad as we are now. All we had is ” FAMILY KLEPTOCRACY”, for 75 not so glorious years. By way of cheating others (international bodies ), they ended up cheating their own Nation / community / people. A bunch of opportunistic parasites, that kept multiplying and now having total control of our Nation. They decide the constitution, laws, systems, electoral process and the very existence of citizenry, as per their convenience and comfort.

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      well said and timed too!!!???

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    I remember one time I tried comparing our political families to Mafia and readers had difficulty digesting. A President who allows Easter massacre, organize pogroms, kidnap and kill people, severely injure or kill journalist who question / dissent (> 40), rob the whole treasury, intimidate law officers / judiciary, put people under fear, commit heinous crimes, surreptitiously bring his henchmen into administration, exploit human tragedy such as Easter ( for electoral / political gain ), exploit catastrophe such as Tsunami (fund diversion), exploit people’s pain and suffering such as pandemic (scam, scam more scam ) is worse than Mafia families.

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      THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED THEM REPEATEDLY KNOWING THEY ARE THE SCOURGE OF SOCIETY (if I may call Sri Lankans as a society!)IS WORSE!!!?? Less said is better as there is no possible salvation in sight!!?? Thakkadiyas ABOUND!!!???

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    Yes, dear Vishwamithra,
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    The changes that you have proposed make sense, although there will always be places along the margins of Provinces that may not.
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    The Moneragala District taken as a whole has more in common with the Southern Province than with us in the Badulla District.
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    However, before we go this far, we need some elections. This interview is less than four hours old:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bGtUDJjGGM&t=1755s
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    The only problem with this interview is that it is currently available only in Sinhala. I wish AKD were equally fluent in Tamil and in English. Unfortunately, he isn’t. Shanikyan Rasamanikkam is one of the few who is enviably capable in all three. He’s still very young. It may be that in him we have a future leader of Lanka.
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    Well, there isn’t any good reason why a person fluent only in Tamil should be our leader; but there will be a few hiccoughs, won’t there?
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    Please, some good soul, try to paraphrase the AKD observations in Tamil. It’ll get discussed here in English.

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      I’m sorry, but there is a correction that I must make to my penultimate sentence. It should have read as follows:
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      Well, there isn’t any good reason why a person fluent only in Tamil should NOT be our leader; but there will be a few hiccoughs, won’t there?
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      Also, I’m sure that AKD is able to understand and use both English and Tamil although he doesn’t make public speeches in them. I have heard both Vijitha Herath and Sunil Handunnetti use both languages. Also, Dr Harini Amarasuriya is more fluent in English than in Sinhala. Her one problem appears to be ophidiophobia. What’s that?
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      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophidiophobia
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      Pardon the error. please.
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      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela

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      Some of the things that AKD has told the Pathikada programme had already been told in Parliament the previous day (yesterday, as I now type) in a fourteen minute speech.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju8WgqsEs7A
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      Throughout, we see the erudite Professor G.L. Peiris listening intently and apparently agreeing with all that AKD says. GL.P. has probably saved himself by quitting the corrupt parties just in time.
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      We have all got to go off at some time; it is good to depart peacefully in our sleep.
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      It is difficult for me to wish such a departure for Ranil and the Rajapaksas.
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      May the youth of today see Lanka resurrected by AKD and the NPP. We co not know what the future holds for us, but it would be fitting if AKD soon becomes President. A president quite different from those whom we have had hitherto.

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        Dear S_M: Why it is difficult for you to say the same thing you are telling GLP to Ranil and Rajapakse? What is “SPECIAL” in them?

        If you compare GLP is more excusable than those two “CROOKS” – Ranil and Rajapakse. Not that I am excluding GLP for any reason.

        Looking at the “Big Picture”, Chandrika, Rajapakse, Ranil, Sajith, Sirisena, and ALL those “COHORTS” (like Wimal, Vasu, Gammanpila, Ratane, and many others now camping with the “Helicopter) must “GO” OR “KICKED OUT” by the people.

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          Dear Simon,
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          Let somebody else start telling you the difference between Gamini Lakshman,
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          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._L._Peiris
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          and these horrible politicians. For one thing, I’m tired, but also, I don’t want only my views to get known. Look at the Wikipedia entries for the out and out crooks. And ask guys like nimal fernando and old codger.
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          I wouldn’t put Chandrika with the crooks either – but let me return to the criminals after other readers have said something about them for two days.
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          Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela, but with relatives in the South.

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            Simon,
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            Please listen to this: G.L. Peiris
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            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYVUTq553Ko
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            In parliament during this present crisis.

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              And this is G.L. Peiris speaking in English:
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              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGTl5t6z-SI
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              This is almost fifty minutes, which I haven’t yet listened to. Now I’m going to sleep without bothering to listen to this stupendous scholar being interviewed.
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              I know the quality of this man!
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              Panini Edirisinhe

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                Dear S_M: I hate to listen to this GLP. He should have never come to politics. He is such a “CON ARTIST” who has served and continues to serve varying political “Crooks” holding Cabinet positions but didn’t do anything for the country. Imagine him voting for “18A”; “19A”; “20A” and recently “21A” – a “Professor” in Law. Now with another bunch of “Crooks” – Vimal, Vasu, Gammanpila, Maithri, Prof. Vitharana, and many others “Ganged” together under “Helicopter”. He will even join “JVP” if permitted and accepted. Fortunately, that membership cannot be easily obtained and maintained.

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                  Yes, Simon, I agree that GLP’s adventures in politics have been mostly unfortunate,
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                  Let’s see if he now finally retires from politics.

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                  Simon,
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                  what have you got to say about the story below. Please watch the video.
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                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egtRf_V0pqU

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                    Dear out-of-touch “leelagemalli”,
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                    Here’s a ‘story’ that easily tops yours: Six minutes:
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                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oG0KojJqSY
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                    This man asks for nothing, threatens nothing, unlike your grandmother.
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                    At least he doesn’t for now. Yes, it’s good to be wary of certain developments.
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                    Although I see a welcome shifting in your stance, away from your worship of the Ranil Rajapaksas, the fact is that you are secretive, give yourself airs about the importance of silly LM, – are a prisoner of your past.
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                    Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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                      “Although I see a welcome shifting in your stance, away from your worship of the Ranil Rajapaksas, the fact is that you are secretive, give yourself airs about the importance of silly LM, – are a prisoner of your past.”

                      Again, this is a misinterpretation of a man who has done nothing but hero-worship his friends since retiring at the age of 55.
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                      How Sri Lanka would have become an “underworld society” if things were done properly after our seniors retired.

                      Harini’s fear of snakes, but how many people were burnt, beheaded and hanged in ’89, this man can’t understand anything. Selected memories make him a staunch supporter of fascist Mlechcha group like JVPs.
                      Elephant is in the room, nobody talks about… that is typical to stupid domainated srilanka.

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                    Dear LM: Read the comments on this video. There are enough explanations.I do not intend to add to those.

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                      Simon,

                      Can you really trust “low level” commenters who use filthy Sinhala comments?
                      I was really hoping you could explain it better.
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                      Compare those comments with those before November 2019, and give us the difference as of today. It will help us CT readers better.
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                      Some stupid people busy with gossip and hero worship as retired teachers may not explain it, but I believe you can reveal a lot to your bazaar masses.

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                      The entire Sri Lankan society is an underworld today.
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                      Will JVP be able to control it? Teachers behave like babies, please watch the video below.
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                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CdcZM1xMlA

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                      “leelagemalli”,
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                      Please note that in some comments in this part you have said:
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                      1. That “low level comments” have “filthy Sinjalese”. I’m afraid that they apply more to you comments than those made by others.
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                      2. I retired from Government Service some time in 2005, when I was over 56 – not terribly important, but inaccurate, and irrelevant. I did continue to work after that, and even now I perform a useful service by pointing out your distortions.
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                      3. You’ve told Simon about “Diyasena aka Gotabha”. Get his two first names names right – I know that it’s been only carelessness:
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                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotabaya_Rajapaksa
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                      4. Teachers “behaving like babies” video: relevance? aimed at whom? Fortunately for you, I won’t cause problems by reporting. Nor will I reveal your name, and other details.
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                      Plenty more rubbish/filth from you, LM.
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                      Contrast with issues raised by Simon and Paul: they are real issues, and worth discussing.
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                      Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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                  Poroppe Peiris is more appropriate than Professor Peiris.

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            ‘I wouldn’t put Chandrika with the crooks either..’
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            Are you serious SM? Have you forgotten Rohana Kumara, Anoja Weerasinge, Rukantha & Chandralekha, Sanath Gunathilake, and hic, Waters Edge?

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            Dear S_M: Re. Chandrika. Did you read the “Chaura Rajina” (Bandit Queen”) written by Victor Ivon? It gives a very explicit discovery of Chandrika and remains uncontested to date. This is written in Sinhala. Try and read it. You will be amazed.

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              Simon, there is an English version too called ‘The Queen of Deceit’, published by Ravaya. The opening lines of the book say it all – ‘I have never considered Sri Lanka to be a particularly civilised country. It has instead appeared to me to be a particularly immoral country, whose leaders embody iniquity and baseness’.

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                Paul: Thank you Paul for the info. Hope “S_M” will read it.

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              No, Simon, I haven’t read Victor Ivan’s books in either language, but I have a shrews idea of what they contain.
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              I also see what Paul has said. Yes, it looks damning, doesn’t it? More recently than “Waters Edge has been what AKD has been telling us; how Chandrika has the Horagolla Walauwa, and a Colombo abode provided by the State, whilst “Tintagel” in Rosmead Place functions as a hotel which provides her an enviable income. All of this is blameworthy. I haven’t delved into all this, and it may be correct for you to blame me for almost excusing these faults. On the other hand, I don’t know her, I haven’t met her, these are only the impressions that I have.
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              And yet, I say, that there is a matter of scale. And she tried genuinely to do some good.
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              By no means am I saying that what I’m saying should be accepted as the last word on CBK. Please feel free to disagree with what I have adopted as a working hypothesis.

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              SIMON,
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              Don’t you know that the book was written by Basil and Victor Ivan?

              Who is Basil? Hic hic hic..

              . don’t you know what he’s good at? You and others voted for Diyasena aka Gotabha under Basil’s guidance, if my memory is correct. ?

              Basil was detained his flight to the US 4 or 5 months ago, at BIA when he was trying to leave the country, but after a while he returned to the island, with a bankquote welcome by the mlechcha POHOTTUWA ballige puthas ? remember ?
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              We know it perfectly well that it was not easy to CBK with her mandates to bring changes as due. However after appointing late Mr. Kadiragamer as the then Foreign Minister, she did a great job banning nothern rebell group from any rich soil on earth. Remember? Is that to be underestimated ?
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              But credibility was reaped by DA Rajapaksa’s bastard sons.

              That was fed to STUPID dominated people in order them to become their weerayas remember ?
              All what srilanken media headlined were in favour of Rajapkashe hapankam, which were overestimated. As a result, ARTISTS offered their ” fan bases ” to RAJAPKSHES politics and whirled the nation on and on. Remember how MALINI FONSEKA, RAVINDRA RANDENIYA, GHEETHA and others were bought by MEDAMUNALA dogs… in order turn those fans as their future voters ?

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                cont.

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                . However, during the height of the brutal war, reforms in education and teacher pay rises took place under CBK adminsitration. War budget was also not easy at all to that time.
                Further to this, the politics led by son of the bitch aka Mahinda deliberately destroyed the faiths for MEDAMULANA mlechcha political survival.
                Thanks god, at least significant masses today realized the true face of MEDAMULANA dogs. But I beleive, that would not stay long because most our people are like MARA and his men….. to me, both POLITICIANS and PEOPLE are to blame for the mess in my motherland.

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          Simon
          When a system is rotten, anything fresh that enters it will rot too.
          We curse our system, but the Bourgeois parliamentary system has failed in every former colony.
          Elections have become substitutes for democracy.
          What we need is more like a grassroots democracy with delegates elected by people in modest size constituencies so that people know whom they elect.
          That will also allow recall of rotten delegates,

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            SJ: Thanks. I agree that a “Modest System” of the election that you refer to is the best. Who introduced this complicated system of “District” based and “Manapaya” elections to the country? He was none other than the old fox “JRJ”. All speak of its ill effects, but strangely no one care to change it. That is S/L style.

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              Simon
              Thanks.
              When our system failed its people, we tampered with it with little thought to consequences.
              We are still trying to do the same– even those who call out for ‘system change’ are unwilling to break the mould.

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              Simon,
              “All speak of its ill effects, but STRANGELY NO ONE CARE TO CHANGE IT. That is S/L style”
              Absolute truth and you have said it all!!!
              Guess Why??? The people responsible to change the system are those PRIME POLITICIANS, AND IN CONTROL of Parliament/Provincial administration!!!
              To help you understand comprehensively, may I ask, who benefits most out of these systems, which are being DENOUNCED, BUT “KEPT ALIVE AND KICKING WITH UNCOMPROMISED LIFE”!!!
              THE POLITICIANS ANDPROVINCIAL COUNCILARS, WHO BREATH THE LIFE OF POWER AND MONETARY GAIN IN THE PROCESS OF APPROVALS FOR MANY A MUNDANE THINGS IN DAILY LIFE OF THE SOVEREIGN PEOPLE OF SRI Lanka – WHO IN THEIR ‘MODAKAM ELECTED THEM!!!
              CONSTITUTION AND EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY
              None will (especially people considered who are able to make a change), effect Changes to them, as such changes are “inimical” to the aspirations of these very same politicians, who control the POWER!!!
              Who are the people who detest the, “Bahubootha Viyawasthawa and not even attempting to change it!!!?? Same reason!! Selfishness!!!Inimical to AGGRANDISEMENT!!!???? Maharajini CBK, Aappaya Maru Sira, MaRa and Gota – all in the same bot, with different hues, “walloping the same horse”!!!??
              HAS ANYONE ELECTOR ATTEMPTING CORRECT THIS IMBALANCE!!!?? SIMPLY NO!!??

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              Dear Simon,
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              We can’t possibly go into this subject in depth here, Simon. All systems have weaknesses. Professor Kumar David discussed these issues on CT, leading up to our elections in 2019 and 2020. I gave the subject much thought, and made many comments.
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              I won’t put the ball in your court by asking you to write an article on the subject yourself, but if such an article does appear, let’s then discuss.
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              The inexcusable anomaly now is having Proportional Representation, and then allowing cross-overs; which are inevitably from opposition to government. This is a real issue.
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              Even now, I’m not calling LM names, only pointing out inconsistencies, and carelessness.

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            Mr. SJ,
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            The whole country is an underworld composition. So it is more puzzling to me how any party can come up with solutions to the problems.
            :
            If all the JVP criminals (Mahinda Rajapaksa, Basil, Namal, Sriyathi, Rohitha, Yoshitha, Gotha, Aluthgamage, Johnston, Rohitha Abe and Anda and….) start hanging in public, those same people will send the JVP home. again. The morale of our people must be improved: they do not respect laws and orders. Emotions define who they are. JVP is also not open about issues because they know if they are criticizing the “public”. They will be attacked by the same people.
            .
            The way of life in the country is built in such a way that excessive corruption is the priority. This should have been changed a long time ago but JVP and all other progressive so-called right wingers also remained silent.

            The younger generation sees corruption differently because they have grown up in a country dominated by corruption since birth.

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              It should be if JVP would hang all criminals… sorry for the mistake.

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          Simon,
          I understand that people who don’t care about global politics don’t have right right to criticize.
          Even so, our hellish issue of idiots is their standards are SB and srilanken culture led low levels critiques. It is not overlooked that our constitutional experts (and the team of them) have unique shortcomings in that field.

          I wonder how countries including Germany have made powerful constitutions with repeated amendments when our fools repeatedly still cry at the 78 constitution implemented by JRJ.
          What have they been doing since 1994? (28 years; almost 3 decades, EU amend new laws to prevailing paragraphs almost every week if necessary )
          Idiots led by SLPF ruled the nation. I am NOT attacking CBK’s conditions because she was not comfortable doing it, with ha less mandate in parliament, however, what did the Rajapakshe sons of mlechcha DA Rajapaksa family, like a bunch of big criminals, misled the stupid dominant Sri Lankan nation, with a higher mandate in hand?

          I think it is a curse to attack JRJ in this regard.

          The UK operates without a written constitution and our hate-dominated region only points the finger at ex-politicians.

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          “Dear S_M: Why it is difficult for you to say the same thing you are telling GLP to Ranil and Rajapakse? What is “SPECIAL” in them?”.
          .
          Very good question Mr. Simon. (NOT MAHATHTHAYA but Mahaththaya-Mr)
          .
          Ranil can be left aside because now almost everyone is attacking him for giving protection to medamulana-dogs. Almost points the finger at him, but not even JVPrs attack enough to MEDAMULANA dogs. why is that ?
          :
          But Mahinda Rajapaksa, who looted the state until 2015, is this kind of criticism not enough by srilalnkebn press. People and srilanken press protect him yet today. SRILANKEN judiciary and supreme court is silent at him either. This is a big puzzle to me. Now with Ranjan being back from US, reveals that CHCHIE-bastard son was never be an astronaut to NASA.

          MLECHA srilankan press (another lucrative entitity of Rajapakshe) is struggling with looted state money…. so as not to go against dogs in the middle of their opinions.

          For me, if sirisena should be punished 10 times, Mahinda Rajapskhes should be punisehd 10 000 times.
          .
          Not only sirisena but also Rajapakshes are not only a brute, he should be hanged and given the maximum prison sentence to appease our anger. Reconciliation would start with such punishments only.

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      Panini,
      “The Moneragala District taken as a whole has more in common with the Southern Province than with us in the Badulla District”
      Whilst not disputing your claim and respecting it as valid, since you may have reasons for such conclusion!!!??
      I wish to point out that, Moneragala district in SL, stood out as a ‘sore thumb’ in 1994 as the only electoral district, having the sole distinction of “going against the wave” SLFP/PA ‘Selenga’ that overwhelmed this country, by not debugging the UNP and returning their representatives at the elections Powering CBK as 1st lady President of SL!!!???
      Ofcourse, we leave the minority Brethren in the Northeast as they are exceptional always!!!
      Then they didn’t agree at all with the SOUTH and their cohorts!!!
      Probably, your esteemed self has an explanation, which none others were able to provide so far!

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        Dear Mahila,
        .
        It may be that the Mahiyangana Electorate has more in common with the Moneragala District than with the Badulla District. There is bound to be a good deal of arbitrariness whenever we draw lines in this way.
        .
        But let me show you a shocking instance of mal-intent.
        .
        https://www.mpclg.gov.lk/web/images/wardmaps/badulla/17_Badulla_HaputhalePS.pdf
        .
        See how the Kahattewela Ward sticks out of the Haputale Pradeshiya Sabha to the North-East, dividing the Bandarawela Municipal Council into two separate sections.
        .
        https://www.mpclg.gov.lk/web/images/wardmaps/badulla/15_Badulla_BandarawelaPS.pdf
        .
        That, let me emphasise is the Bandarawela Pradeshiya Sabha (Village Council), but within it you will see the two sections of the Municipal Council.
        .
        Why was this so done, and when? About 1960, by W.P.G. Ariyadasa. He and W.J.M. LokuBandara wanted Sinhala votes in the Haputale Electorate to prevent a Tamil getting into Parliament.
        .
        https://satellites.pro/Bandarawela_map#6.843509,80.985063,19
        .
        Note the co-ordinates on this satellite map. See if you can work out the roads. If your interest is sufficient to get back to me, I shall explain further.
        .
        Panini Edirisinhe of Bandarawela (NIC 483111444V)

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          Doesn’t anybody want to know further details of this cheating?
          .
          If I can, I shall place them at the bottom of this page tomorrow. It’s all of us, Lankans, who must apply the corrections.

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            Dear Sensitive Readers,
            .
            Almost every institution has become highly corrupt due to long indifference of the very people. It is like a tree crippled from the root up by a parasitic bush. The great tree is still there, but it lacks the life it should have.

            Corruption in Sri Lanka should have been fixed long ago. Instead, it was treated with complete ignorance by placing yellow pets and prominent artists as their guards.
            Rev. Malcolm Ranjith also participated in the evil attemptwith MEDAMULANA dog. He cant be clean looking back. Mahanayakas and their selected silence should also be studied. Were these men blessed with MORE wisdom, things would not have worked this much dangerous for the slaves-dominated nation.
            .
            The same situation exists in Latin American countries. Is it right to point the finger at one institution knowing that many others are not good?

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              leelagemalli, Corruption may exist in Latin America, but the Sri Lankan brand of open corruption with “catch me if you can” challenge with impunity exemption is beyond human conscience. Sad that it reflects non accountability to any higher authority and certainly not to the ‘fear of God’ Do they even think of life after death without this wealth.

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          S_M,
          If you didn’t mention the interest taken by WPGA and WJ Moo LB,I would have simply put it down to RW (who goes for Easter Holiday each Year) and his “Honey Moon”, in Bandarawela as the MICREANT!!!??
          bigger question, is why are they being merely organised to tackle delimitation

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          S_M,
          If you didn’t mention the interest taken by WPGA and WJ Moo LB,I would have simply put it down to RW (who goes for Easter Holiday each Year) and his “Honey Moon”, in Bandarawela as the MICREANT!!!??
          Bigger question, is why these pompous politicians are getting involved in delimitation as it would always be corrupt!!!
          Why not a Permanent Commission on Delimitation every 2 years electing half of the commission for 2 year terms, independent, and consisting of senior Civil servants of 6 or 8 members!!??? The chairman is elected evry 2 years from the members!!!
          I am sure India has such a mechanism, as I believe is superior to deal with delimitation!!??

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          Delimitation is far too serious to be left in the hands of these Politicians!!! as stated by you it would be biased and not representative of the Populace!!!???

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    Sad state of affairs a you tubber of OZ has to go to Pettah not Perth with till to collect compensation for our ex prez of Sri Lanka beggars paradise.
    No compassion moral ethics ……wonder why crimes are up .
    If police power given …..country will divide …how.They the 69 believe ,empty heads

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      Your expressive contents of the last sentence, was NEVER IN DOUBT!!??

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      Conversely, If that is not the case, how did we manage to transition ourselves, a “self-sufficient Nation” 75years ago to BANKRUPTCY in April 2022!! The WONDER OF ASIA OR THE WORLD!!! HYPER BRAINED!?

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    “However, Ceylon being a multi-racial and multi-cultural polity and the ITAK being branded as a the Federal Party, that branding by itself may have contributed largely to the negation of this extraordinary governing concept of ‘Federalism’ by Sinhalese Buddhists, the majority voter-bloc in the country.”
    It was the FP that branded itself Federal Party as the name ITAK would translate as Lankan Tamil State Party.
    The author could do with some research in these matters.

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      China’s Man in Sri Lanka

      “It was the FP that branded itself Federal Party as the name ITAK would translate as Lankan Tamil State Party.”

      Whats wrong with it?

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        Not much wrong, except that the author got the story completely wrong.?
        *
        The FP was held to ridicule for its double act for several years until it ceased talking of federalism in the early 1960s after its 1961 fiasco.
        (The is a memoir “Panagoda Days” by a then FP MP that makes interesting reading.)
        *
        BTW,
        How is the glass ball faring?

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      SJ,
      The translation should read as, Lankan Tamil Governance (Arasu) Party!!! Not State Party

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        M
        Are you suggesting that Thamizarasuth thanthai and the mainther (Father of Tamilarasu and sons) did not know what they had in mind? Why did they not name the party correctly in English?
        Face the fact: FP was to declare purpose; ITAK was for Tamil mass appeal.
        *
        Check with any decent T–E dictionary for the meaning of ‘arasu’; and a decent E–T dictionary for the meanings of governance and state.
        There are good social sciences glossaries available too.

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      I do not think Harini is afraid of snakes. Am I missing some subtle point here?

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        Dear Jaffna Man,
        .
        I’m a rough-hewn fellow who doesn’t understand subtleties. I have actually heard (on YouTube) Harini saying that she’s mortally scared of snakes.
        .
        But then the wording was different because she was speaking Sinhalese, which, no doubt, is a language which you know as little of as Lingala.
        .
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingala
        .
        I have this neighbour who claims to know Lingala, and further states that we, as a nation, won’t prosper until we learn Lingala.
        .
        We’d better ask the guy to organise Lingala classes for us all..

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          “I’m a rough-hewn fellow who doesn’t understand subtleties. I have actually heard (on YouTube) Harini saying that she’s mortally scared of snakes”

          to add this, the guy doe snot know what comes out of his writing…. ?

          He dont care about using his wording. Finally he is though, coming back to sense.

          This is certainly correct.

          It’s not just SM, most of old srilanken people behave like that. They put themselves above judgment, mostly for no good reasons. I don’t think our seniors ever did their due….

          I have no doubt, he will attack me on this without thinking twice. I believe that we should not focus on a person’s fears or underpants and we should rather discuss the things that have the most impact in the moment, no matter who he or she is.
          .
          For some pathological reasons he has mixed up everything again and again. However readers will judge it fairly.

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        J.M.
        .
        If she or anyone is afraid of snakes, that’s their problem, right? Why should some so-called self-proclaimed pundit bother with her own phobias?

        We all have our own fears.That is human. Like for example, I am afraid of Rajapakse rascals. And some of our Sinhalese racists.

        There were days, that they attacked me i could be a LTTE supporter, just because I treat everyone as srilankens.
        Also, I am yet today afraid of the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna in the 89 rebellion. I still remember how they killed my brothers.And how those victimized families ended up in untol stories.
        :
        She doesn’t play with snakes, but I have no doubt, she could be a Merkel-style politician for our nation, if our nation makes the way for her to be.
        Doing politics with Sinhala-Buddhist Sri Lankans is not an easy task. Not only the anti-minorities, but as I see today, there are even more divisions within the Sinhalese nation.

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        J.M.
        .
        If she or anyone is afraid of snakes, that’s their problem, right? Why should some so-called pundits be busy with her own phobias??????

        We all have our own phobias. That is natural, even dogs are afraid of some cruel men and women. For example, I am afraid of Rajapakse rascals. And some of our Sinhalese racists. There were days when they branded me to be a Tiger supporter.
        Also, I am still afraid of the JVP of the 89 rebellion. I still remember how they killed my brothers. And how the affected families ended up. Some so called sinhala racists have no hearts. Yet today, they dont care about the torment of those vicitimised families.
        :
        So long Dr. HA doesn’t play with normal snakes, she is protected. but I have no doubt, she can be a Merkel-style politician for our nation, if our nation paves the way for her to be. i DONT THINk our people (at large) would have brains.
        Doing politics with Sinhala-Buddhists dominated Sri Lankans is not an easy task. Not only the minorities, but as I see today, there are even more divisions within the Sinhalese nation. I might have understood them wrong.

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          Dont we have any other female leaders to represent the country in Teheran ?
–
SHIRANTHI has been sent to TEHERAN to represent our women ? why is that ?
The below you will find the qualifications of SHIRANTHI the murder of Thadjudeen Ruby Player murder.
If one woudl compare this woman with that of WIDOW PREMADASa; .. this woman did lot more harm to our nation.
.—————————————————————————————————
.
Shiranthi Rajapaksa
Shiranthi Wickremesinghe Rajapaksa (Sinhala: ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ) is the wife of the sixth President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa and was the First Lady of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015. She is a professional in child psychology and pre-school education.
          Honourable
Shiranthi Rajapaksa
ශිරන්ති රාජපක්ෂ
First Lady of Sri Lanka
In role
19 November 2005 – 9 January 2015
Preceded by
Wimalawathi Kumarihami
Succeeded by
Jayanthi Pushpa Kumari
Personal details
Born
Shiranthi Wickramasinghe
23 January 1953
Badulla, Sri Lanka
Nationality
Sri Lankan
Spouse(s)
Mahinda Rajapaksa (m. 1983)
Children
Namal, Yoshitha, Rohitha
Alma mater
Holy Family Convent, Colombo
Early life
Born to Commodore E. P. Wickramasinghe of Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) and his wife, she is the couple’s only daughter. Rajapaksa has two brothers.
          Education
Shiranthi Rajapaksa completed her primary and secondary education at Holy Family Convent, Colombo. She excelled at school both in the fields of education and sports and was considered a brilliant all-rounder. She finished secondary school with a Diploma in Child Psychology and Pre-school

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            Education
Shiranthi Rajapaksa completed her primary and secondary education at Holy Family Convent, Colombo. She excelled at school both in the fields of education and sports and was considered a brilliant all-rounder. She finished secondary school with a Diploma in Child Psychology and Pre-school Education.
            Miss Universe and Miss World
Rajapakse first entered the limelight prior to her marriage after being crowned Miss Sri Lanka in 1973. Thereafter she had the distinction of being one of the contestants at the Miss Universe 1973 pageant held in Athens. She also participated in Miss World 1973, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 23 November 1973.
            Child educationist career
Shiranthi Rajapaksa, being a professional in the field of child psychology and pre-school education, established six pre-schools in Colombo and in the southern regions of Sri Lanka – Tangalle, Beliatta, Ranna, Walasmulla and Weeraketiya. Each year, over 600 young children are enrolled and 25 teachers are currently employed in these pre-schools.
            Family
In 1983, she married Mahinda Rajapaksa. The couple has three sons. Namal is a current Member of Parliament for Hambantota District while his brother Yoshitha was commissioned as an Acting Sub Lieutenant in the Sri Lanka Navy in March 2009 appointed an Aide-de-camp to the President in 2006 and youngest son is Rohitha Rajapaksa.

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              Leelagemalli. She represented as the Queen of Srilanka at the Paris inaugural celebrations organized by UNESCO declaring Wesak an international public holiday. She stayed at the same hotel where the late Queen Elizabeth II chooses to stay on her visits to Paris. She was accompanied by Her Mom and they imbibed themselves with the best of French Wines to drown the grand French cuisine. The tab was presented to the Srilanka Ministry of Foreign Affairs who duly settled it. Compare that to millions of Srilankans who are struggling to feed themselves at least one proper meal a day.

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                This woman is alleged murderer in Thadjudeen case. How can a person of that nature be allowed to represent srilanken women?
                Entire srilanka is in hibernation mode?🐃🐃🐃🐃🤔🤔🤔🤔

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                HP,
                .
                I don’t think SR has any qualification other than went to St. Bridget’s Convent in Colombo.

                How can she politically represent the country on stage just because she was a beauty queen? This hints the world about many hidden issues of current govt.
                .
                This message is going around the world that Ranil Wickramasinghe, incumbent president is a prisoner of a gang of thugs even though he has the courage to come forward to be the savior of the country that Buru Gota left behind.
                He has no powers to send her educated wife to the conference, but the wife of country s mafia boss ???????
                .
                Sriranti Rajapaksa is rumored to be the gold-basket queen for all the gold supplied by the LTTE – however many won’t say a single word on the topic as Sri Lankan media crooks and the Rajapakse underworld work together. This BRUTAL woman was given special previledges by SORISENA not allowing her to be interogated in Thadjudeen case.
                .
                Apart from that, the woman is the number one accused in the mysterious murder of the young rugby player Thadjudeen.

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        Jaffna Man!
        .
        How dare you cast aspersions on my reliability.
        .
        Fortunate I was to find this:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BGKN4R_Afc&t=519s
        .
        See for yourself; and I’ve even named the phobia quite right.
        .
        Harini’s fear of snakes; 27’ 10” of 66’ 19” in Sinhala;
        .
        https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/Ophidiophobia
        .
        Siblings opinion also that she’s mad – at 57’ 20”
        .
        There’s also much that LM has to digest. For some months now the fool’s been trying to promote Harini as a rival to AKD in the leadership of the NPP. I wish him luck! The woman is quite mad!
        .
        Yesterday, I met a younger version of Harini:
        .
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swasthika_Arulingam
        .
        That was at the discussion of Rajan & Kirupa Hoole’s book.
        .
        She’s been known on CT:
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/will-tna-vote-for-the-draconian-counter-terror-act/
        .
        You can listen to her on YouTube videos like this:
        .
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2xP5Y7Bh7k
        .
        Other cranks:
        .
        https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Category:Sri_Lankan_human_rights_activists
        .
        Yes, Harini is there!
        .
        I don’t know what you guys want.

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          JM
          He has been one of your devout devotees.
          How dare you?

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            “I met a younger version of Harini:”
            My deepest sympathies to Swasthika. No one should undergo that sort of trauma…

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          I have watched this video, and it was a good one.
          .
          As I always say, I see something like a magnet in Dr HA, but I don’t know what it is. For me she is much multiple times talented than AKD.

          I wish she will be the leader of NPP and any other alliance in future. She is educated, intelligent, academic, everything we expect from a leader. May she be a Dr. Merkel type leader so that she can do good work for the battered country.
          At the time, Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor, and the male-dominated German politics repeatedly attacked her. As Sri Lankan society is even more primitive and more male dominated, the levels of attacks on Harini will increase.

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          Please note that some of the things said by me here are jocular. Dishonest persons may overlook that and distort.
          .
          Note that I know that “Jaffna Man” is my friend Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole.
          .
          What the Harini interview with Sisira Yapa shows is that she’s very human. I know that few of you would have had the time (or the language skills) to listen to it all. Be careful! Some have found fault with the interviewer, Sisira; others have commended him I liked his handling of the then unknown Harini.
          .
          Harini is a huge asset that we have. However, she is no substitute for AKD, who seems to be just what we need, and I respect Tivlin Silva, too. It is important to note that whereas I lay all my cards on the table; LM relies on innuendo, and sometimes actual lies.
          .
          The same applies to young Swasthika. My only fear with her is that her life may be in danger. Comparing her to Harini is a compliment.
          .
          All who read and comment are, by definition, literate. It is your responsibility to THINK.
          .

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        JM,
        .
        if Harini is that afraid of snakes or poisonus beasts, how can she closely share her opinions with JVPrs ? can anybody please explain me ? thank you. !
        Is this not paradoxial ?

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      Vishwamithra wrote:
      “However, Ceylon being a multi-racial and multi-cultural polity and the ITAK being branded as a the Federal Party, that branding by itself may have contributed largely to the negation of this extraordinary governing concept of ‘Federalism’ by Sinhalese Buddhists, the majority voter-bloc in the country.”
      ~~~
      SJ, You commented:
      “It was the FP that branded itself Federal Party as the name ITAK would translate as Lankan Tamil State Party.
      The author could do with some research in these matters.”
      ~~~
      My comment:
      You both are on the same page. From my reading of what Vishwamithra wrote, it came across to me as the Federal Party branded and promoted itself as a party that stood for federalism. In fact, Vishwamithra, went on to say “…that branding by itself ..”

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        Sorry KP, you have not got the point.
        Read the statement and the comment with some care and you will appreciate where the author had got it wrong.

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    “India at no time wanted this escalation; on the one hand, because it increased the pressure they themselves faced from the Tamil Nadu State government….”
*
Excuse me sir, this is another falsehood.
Indira Gandhi encouraged Tamil separatists by giving false hope through the handlers of the various youth movements. The militants were trained by various agencies of the Indian state (some of the training was organized with the PLO for PLOTE while the LTTE found a different route for training in Israel).
Of course, IG hadn’t the slightest intention of delivering a Tamil Eelam the way she did Bangladesh, but the gullible Tamil youth leaders were ever wiling to be taken for a ride. (The LTTE was sharper though as were some of the smaller groups like the NLFT and PLFT, who were always suspicious of Indian intentions).
She was all set to teach her tormentor JRJ a lesson of his life for insulting her in 1977, but a Sikh body guard intervened prematurely.
(Even today there are ageing Tamils who believe that IG was going to hand them Taiml Eelam on a platter and that it was Rajeev G who cheated them.)
*
India reportedly provided training for some JVP militants too in India at the time.
The whole thing was a cynical geopolitical exercise at the expense of gullible Tamil leaders including the TULF and Tamil militants.


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      China’s Man in Sri Lanka

      All knowing pandithaya has completely forgotten one more Militant group EROS. I am told it was EROS which first received training from PLO in Lebanon and later facilitated LTTE (later broke away and a few members formed PLOT) to receive training.

      “She was all set to teach her tormentor JRJ a lesson of his life for insulting her in 1977, but a Sikh body guard intervened prematurely.
”

      ?? ?? ?? ?? ??
      So there was no US involvement in Sri Lanka at that time?
      It appears US design in Sri Lanka had nothing to do with Hindian determination to destabilise Sri Lanka, for removing VOICE OF AMERICA in Putalam, Rest and Recreation base, potential membership of Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) and reviving the military alliance. …. …… …..

      Please remain with China.

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        China’s Man in Sri Lanka

        Don’t forget the visits of US General Vernon Walter (a coup specialist) and Caspar Weinberger (United States Secretary of Defense) in mid 1980s.

        Please note we do understand if you don’t type your thoughts in this forum.

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        Native,
        “It appears US design in Sri Lanka had nothing to do with Hindian determination to destabilise Sri Lanka,”
        You seem to have forgotten one detail. The US and India were in opposite camps at the time, though the US didn’t oppose Indian influence here. It’s just like local politics. Even Pavithra nowadays is about to worship Ranil’s feet….

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          OC
          Thanks for adding some sanity.

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          old codger

          “The US and India were in opposite camps at the time, though the US didn’t oppose Indian influence here.”

          If so why did Hindia recruit, train, arm, finance, ………. Tamil youth?

          Don’t forget during Bangladesh war USA carrier task force of the Seventh Fleet was sent to Bay of Bengal and threatened to bomb the s**t of Hindia. https://www.tbsnews.net/bangladesh/50-years-freedom/1971-brink-nuke-war-222286
          Further Hindia was concerned about China US intelligence gathering station:
          https://www.nytimes.com/1981/06/18/world/us-and-peking-join-in-tracking-missiles-in-soviet.html It was China’s decent foreign policy that also made Hindia started worrying about its southern borders.

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            China’s Man in Sri Lanka
            ought to relearn Yankee-Chini Bhai-Bhai era.
            Then of course Lanky – Chini Bhai-Bhai …. ?

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            Native,
            “If so why did Hindia recruit, train, arm, finance, ………. Tamil youth?”
            India was stuck in its licence raj, and didn’t want competition from Yankee Dicky for one thing. Still, I say the best way to deal with Indian paranoia is to join them. Sovereignty and bankruptcy don’t go together well.

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              old codger

              “Still, I say the best way to deal with Indian paranoia is to join them.”

              Alright, then who is going to save Buddhism from Saffronistas for the next 2500 years, Hindians, Sinhala State of Hindia, Thamilnadu, ……. or nimal fernando?

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            You need not try hard to be pathetic.
            It comes naturally, even without the glass ball.

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      The TA, Thamil Arasu, of ITAK, may be rendered Tamil State as SJ says or, alternatively, as Tamil Rule. The latter is more suggestive of language rights and I believe is what the FP intended

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        JM
        The FP was ridiculed by its Tamil rivals for its hypocrisy in posing as Federal Party to non-Tamils and as Ilangaith Thamizarasuk Katchi to Tamils.
        Its leaders had no answer.
        The term Tamizarasu has nothing to do with language rights, and the language issue was not on the political landscape when that Party (FP/ITAK) was founded.
        *
        Please think of a less lame excuse if you can.

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        Sorry JM, you are incorrect. Please with any decent dictionary.
        If what was intended was a federal state, where did federal go in the Tamil version?
        If it was a Tamil federal state that was intended, where did Tamil go in the English version?
        They could fool the Tamils for 21 years with no plan or programme, and returned as TNA to do the same since 2001, thanks to VP (aka Thambi).
        Business seems not too bad, but not a fraction as bright as in the past.

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          SJ.

          As Mahila said, I too considered ‘Arasu’ to mean ‘government.’ The Tamil word for Federalism, “koodadchi,” was not probably widely used among the masses at that time. Did you not see the recent confrontation that TN CM M.K.Stalin had with the Governor because the latter protested the Tamil word “Ondriya Arasu” to refer to the union government, and walked out of the assembly?

          I think from your typical ultra-leftist position, you try to demonize even innocuous decisions by the FP.

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            Agnos

            Just forget the nitpicking China’s Man in Sri Lanka.
            He has nothing better to do or say now.

            Even the questions he raises sound silly.

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            A
            You may not know that the FP called itself ‘samashtik katchi’ all along.(The ACTC used to called it ‘samattik katchi, which in fact is the correct Tamil rendering of samashtik katchi.)
            If you want to make excuses for the FP’s dishonesty, try by all means. But this excuse would not hold.

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            A
            The dishonesty was exposed by the ACTC.
            The Left had a good laugh, but did not make it an issue at the time.
            *
            I wish you could judge an argument on its own merits and not based on your opinion of the source.
            *
            Also there was no burning language issue in 1949 when the FP was born.

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        Have you checked in a glossary or dictionary?
        State is not the same as rule.
        If it is Tamil Rule how would it become any better than Tamil State?
        The FP was dishonest, and yours is a pathetic whitewash job.

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    Why has nobody noticed the break-up of the TULF?

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      SJ,
      Are you talking about the recent TNA split for local council elections, not the TULF?

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        Thank you A
        It was a slip on my part. The TULF is now just one person.
        The TNA is split for good as far as I can see, whatever the explanation they give.
        You may well know the architect of the split

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    Dear Readers: When I heard that the “Minority” parties including TNA decided to attend the meeting called by President Ranil W and also saw the pictures of TNA “Leaders” attending the “Summit”, I commented and said “what types of “Fools” to take this “President” into confidence and trust”. Also, I blamed a person like Sumanthiram for “TRUSTING” Ranil W to “Solve” the Tamil Issues by “4th February” the day of the 75th Anniversary of “independence”.

    I can understand the “Innocent” people placing “TRUST” and “CONFIDENCE” on these time-tested “CROOKS”, but not the types of “Sumanthirams” who have been the Parliament over years and years. Didn’t those who attended that “Meeting” know it was a “PLOY” to hood-wink them PLUS the people of this country? That “GAME PLAYING” is nothing new to these “CROOKS”, including these so-called “Minority Party Leaders”. Hope, they have leaned a “Good Lesson”.

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    Not solving the ceylonese tamil problem for ceylon tamils living in ceylon WILL RESULT in NOT solving the sinhala land beggar status for the sinhalas and like what is current, contributing to enhancing a powerful ceylonese tamil diaspora that will negatively inpact on sinhala land as per evidenced by recent speeches by western politicians in their participation of pongal festivities in western countries.

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    The best we can expect is the full implementation of the indo lanka accord thanks to rajiv.

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      Full implementation?
      S, there are deadly clauses that are rarely mentioned since 1978.

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        China’s Man in Sri Lanka types:

        “Full implementation?
        S, there are deadly clauses that are rarely mentioned since 1978.”

        Such as ……
        By the way Shankar mentions Indo Lanka accord, and not 1978.

        Perhaps Ranil should attempt to replace Sri Lankan Constitution ” The Mahawamsa” with Mao’s Red Book or at least by Pol Pot’s Little Red Book.

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      shankar

      “The best we can expect is the full implementation of the indo lanka accord thanks to rajiv.”

      Could you tell us what is still not implemented from Indo Lanka accord?
      Nimal Fernando thinks along with Sobitha, Gnana, Uthaya, Weerawansa Dinesh …. Ranil he could cancel the Indo Lanka accord.

      As far as Hindians are concerned Sri Lanka is the Sinhala State of Hindia and North East forms part of TamilNadu. Full stop.

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        NV

        “Could you tell us what is still not implemented from Indo Lanka accord?”

        1. merger of the northeast subject to a referendum in the eastern province.
        2.The president will grant a general amnesty for those heldor convicted under PTA.
        3.English will also be an official language.

        you have a very good point NV. Devolution and the 13th amendment are not mentioned in the accord.Only that provincialconcils are created and elections held.

        However the aftermath of the accord was the 13A.Full implementation has not been done.So the land and police powers should be devolved to the provinces.

        I think the best thing to do is hve a referendum in 9 provinces whther they want provincial councils or not.Sinhala_man says the sinhalese don’t want them as they consider them as white elephants swallowing money and giving no real benefit in return.If he is right then the provincial councils in seven provinces can be abolished and in if the north and east want them it can be given to them.When holdng this referndum the people of the east should also be asked whther they wantto be amalgamated with the northern province as one north east province.

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          S
          Take good look at the full text of the accord.
          Tamil nationalists look at only the part that interests them. Many are pathetically unaware of clauses with grave implications for the sovereignty of the country.

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            sj
            what about the dignity and human rights of the tamils.Aren’t you worried?

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              SJ

              what i want you to say in plain english is whther you feel that the sovereignity of the country should take precedence over the dignity and human rights of the tamils.Simple yes or no please.No the usual smart alec replies please.

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            SJ

            i agree with you.If we end up as a english speaking country we will lose our sovereignity.If nobody speaks the native languages we will be left behind.

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              shankar

              “If we end up as a english speaking country we will lose our sovereignity.”

              Oh please.
              Please define and explain what you meant by sovereignty, especially the Sri Lankan one.
              Please stop kidding.
              Every country in the world grope both men and women of Sri Lankan origin, simply because the rulers, the functionaries, the Saffronistas, …… don’t treat them well.

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    Time for TNA hookers to shut off the Secret Solution Prostitution ring. Evil Decided to go to North only to give the Barbaric Rapist lion flag into Sampanthar Aiyya’s hand and arrest good people like Velan Swami Tamil University boys in Prison under PTA. We want the Rapist Army and Rapist police to get out of Tamils’ Land. If Sampanthar Aiyya asks Evil to come and arrest our people and put them in precision. If so Sampanthar Aiyya need not come any more North. We want our sovereignty, so we can go near our politicians any time (24/7) and talk about our problems, not to get arrested for talking about our problems. Until a clean bill of release is given, and compensation paid to all arrested people there should not be any participation in Secret Solution Drama II anymore. Nariya Evil be never welcomed in Tamil Land. Only for him to come to Tamil Land is he putting his Rapist Army boots on Tamils’ necks.

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    Demelo Pariah Dr. Jaishankar has come back again to the Sinhala Wildlife Sanctuary to appease Evil’s team. As soon as the Indian certification to IMF is received, they will order Gopal Bag Lay to kick on the buttock of the Demelo Pariah to go fall in Delhi. Demelo Pariah is a hopeless person. America might be nudging India to give the confirmation. But China will not relent that easily. IF the IMF releases the loan without China’s waiver, China will capture the loan money by enforcing another new white elephant contract and increasing the total loan. If not, it will buy more harbors and land for the defaulted money.

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    “No Resolution To The Tamil Issue, No System Change”

    This means more and more people will have to get used to living like beggars or slaves, or as beggarly slaves, in future.

    The limited courage and ingenuity of our politicians is not sufficient to bring about any resolution to the Tamil issue or a system change.

    Incidentally, there is a proposal to discourage immoral acts by introducing a new law that says only men can give massages to men and only women can give massages to women!

    That is about the highest level of ingenuity we can expect from out politicians and lawmakers.

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    The author quotes Albert Einstein: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
    *
    “Naïveté is doing the same thing over and over, and always expecting the same result.” — Frank Wilczek 2004 Nobel Prize awardee in physics.
    I am afraid that quantum physics agrees more with the latter.

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      SJ, Einstein’s definition of insanity is ingrained in our DNA. Otherwise why give pensions for 100 day attendance for a few years occupying seats in parliament, robbing the nation and partying, doing nothing for citizens welfare except suppressing them and also constitutionally trying to make some superior to others causing divisions without unity. Does this deserve a pension for life, living quarters, security guards, vehicles and other benefits.

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        dtg
        Definitions cannot be ingrained in anyone’s DNA.
        If you are saying that we are slaves to habit, I will agree. but that is not unique to any one people.
        The general tendency is to accept anything that seems to work.
        Why do most Christians not question the Bible? The Muslims the Quran? Many SBs the Mahavamsa? Hindus the version of Hinduism they were taught to believe?
        *
        That besides, my comment was on a simple issue regarding scientific truth and not profound issues like our parliament, politics etc. about which many experts wax eloquent on these pages.

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      “I am afraid that quantum physics agrees more with the latter.

      The author may have to correct his article with Frank Wilczek’s saying, but in your case, not just that both scientists, even many in CT world are appearing very nuanced & sharply and correct in their past opinions. But sadly, you have shut off all openings you could have had from the shameful self-shadow reflecting on you. No one’s criticism can stimulate any thinking in you. There is absolutely no word of self-criticism in your dictionary.

      Are you retired from the job you were doing to UOJ completely or still occasionally walk up to the gate of UOJ? This week there was news that some delivery persons were delivering thought stimulants to students at the gate.

      Honestly, if anything is clear for you in the head, what is your point this time? Are telling you that you have disproved Einstein. Or the existence of Einstein’s saying is directly hurting you day and night, so have to invent something to marginalize his saying?

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        “uLaRith thiripavan vArthayilE oru uruppadi thErathu”

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          Dear Friend, I wrote my comment on January 20, 2023, early morning. Your busy life allowed you to reply only on January 22, 2023, late at night. Your baby games are really, really immature and shameless. You played the same game last time, so I missed it last time. So, I have prepared something for emergency, as I know the old foxy game, i.e., replying to others when CT is about to shut the tread and that is how they will be disappointed not being able to reply for filth. Anyway, many thanks for having taught me a lot of lessons.

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          If a lotus flower appears in the mud, “A lotus has flowed out of the mud”. If a pig appears in sewage, that is where it is always inclined to roll, not on the clean land. Labeling the commentators, convulsing to prove them all are drug addicts or calling mad or psycho, or describing them as masturbators………… is few people’s favorite hobby. Witnessing this unhuman deficiency is so sad in a place, where such many political debates are continuously taking place and even one time Library of Congress wanted to record it for its political contents, some people cannot find any topic to peacefully debate with others. These are the people writing Emails to CT leave his enemies out of list because they wanted clean CT. It is so unbelievable “A Tamil Hindu” (Nothing of racism), whom the parents sent to receive modern education in UK, is at this level of thinking.

          Seems to be a real dog’s Tail?

          May I ask a question, which Hindu culture your parents followed to teach you sign your name as Savasekaram? Did they follow the one the suicidal girl Thilagawathi followed, or did they follow the culture of the community who stopped the girl from suicide?

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    This is Mujibur Rahman M.P. He has announced his resignation from Parliament. It is possible to have more than one YouTube audio playing at a time. When that happens it is difficult for me to tell what the voices are saying:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD3pNep7ht0
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    Mujibur is the mayoral candidate of the SJB, and it looks as though they and the NPP are the two groups who will get votes – unless Ranil succeeds in getting the election scuttled.
    .
    The NPP has just begun a “rally” at Maligawatte, about 6.45 pm. They, too, appear to be putting forward a Muslim as Mayoral candidate:
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZppN4HKtigg
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    Both Sinhalese and Tamil are being used. AKD is expected to address the rally a little later.
    .
    Anyway, I must leave Bandarawela for Maharagama, because tomorrow from 4 to 6.00 p.m. there is a discussion of Rajan & Kirupa Hoole’s book:
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    https://ices.lk/events/democracy-stillborn-lankas-rejection-of-equal-rights-at-independence/
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    It is an RSVP event. What is important is that the book should be purchased, as I reported to have done:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/amend-the-constitution-end-racism/
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    Only a thousand copies have been printed.
    .
    Many things have to be worked out! Racism is unfashionable for now at least!

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    The photograph to this essay by Vishwamitra says it all;
    The audience of President Ranil is the loose Tamil political alliance.
    The President is having the rope [ or the string?] OF THE KITE ABOUT TO BE LAUNCHED.
    All will look up excepting the President who will leave them to attend his next lecture on fixing the Economy, which also is another Kite flying exercise………………….

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    There is only one name for the Federal Party in all three Languages which are Tamil, Sinhala, and English. The name is “Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi.” When Siri Ma O, the Manasika Goddess of some Pointless Puyathals who are in CT, who changed the English name Ceylon as “Langkang” in Chinese, Federal party MPs managed to keep the Chinese name LangKang as “Illankai” in Tamils. Illankai has no meaning in Tamil, but has been customary for 1000 of years. Earlier Tamil leaders were not spending time in the name search for Ceylon as much as LTTE and supporting teams did in latter days. LTTE was using “North East Ceylon” and “Southern Ceylon ” until it settled with their favorite name Tamil Eelam. They meant Eelam as earlier “Ceylon Island”. For the convenience of use in English, instead of a meaningless long Tamil line (for English speakers) the Federal Party was introduced. The English Tory Party, to walk away from past history, changed their name as Conservative Party. But never the Federal Party changed its name to fool Tamils as Tamil Arasu Katchi. FP is policy orientation only, like in Shanmugathasan Chinese Communist Party (SCCP), not indicating about Separate Kingdom of “Jaalpana Rajiam” as in the Tamil name.

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      Illankai has a meaning in Tamil. In old Tamil Ilanku (இலங்கு / இலகுதல்) =
      — to make something be aware of; to be clear; conspicuous.
      — easy to see through, understand, or recognize; obvious.
      — the state of being transparent. Resplendent
      — easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.

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    Further, as not all the Eastern province was in the original Jaffna Kingdom, to have the Eastern Tamils areas to be included, the “Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchi” was used for Sinhala, Tamil, and English. “Arasu” has only one meaning in English, that is “State”. A state can be independent as used in the UN, or in a Union like India or USA. The word “Illankai” in its name means, SJV intended it as a union government within Illankai, not an independent Tamil government.

    The policy-based name Federal Party is translated as “Samasti Kadsi” in Tamil. In 1949, the word “Samasti” translation was not harmful as now. Those who show the Tail to Siri Ma O and head to China, to sell in CT their Family Feud with Sampanthar Aiyya’s family, rubbing with TNA, without any purpose. These nincompoops are saying that FP gave one name to the English Speaking Soulbury’s constitution making commission and another name for Tamils. It is some pure invention of this Kadukathai creators. It is nowhere in history. ITAK officials never need to answer for no nincompoops when they want to infuse their Family feuds into politics. There is no official name as FP.

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      “There is no official name as FP.”
      I leave it to all the defenders of the FP on these pages.
      Can’t you see through the FP’s humbug at least now?

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        I see that because I have seen you family feud for long here with FP members.
        To whom you are showing the game.
        Please attach one official document of FP, claiming that is what their name is.
        But I don’t’ have to attach any documents to show that your name is Savam, because you signed it in CT and it is there.

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    So, we have elections on the 9th of March 2023.
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    We confidently expect deliverance from the Ranil Rajapaksa tyranny.
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    Let us give thanks for this great young man:
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    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/a-message-from-wasantha-mudalige-to-the-people/
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    [Edited out]

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