20 September, 2018

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North-South Reconciliation, Ranil-Chandrika Style

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

Testifying at the Presidential Commission into the Bond scam, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was transparency personified as he disclosed how the economic policy of his government was formulated and therefore how the economic and social destiny of our country and its citizens has been decided:

“…A specialist brought down from the US Treasury, said Wickremesinghe, introduced the Government to this system. “We had to go ahead with macroeconomic liberalization to get integrated into the global economy,” he said. Agreements with IMF and other documents were furnished by the Premier to the Commission to show the economic policy of the Government”.

The Bond Commission revelations of the intense, dense connectivity between ruling party MPs and the bond scammers prove how suicidal it would be to transfer, as envisaged by the UNP-TNA advocates of the new Constitution, executive power from the President to a Parliament full of venal MPs. Between the minority parties’ stranglehold and Diaspora-pumped LTTE black money, this country’s destiny would be determined by a remote-controlled Parliament.

The rise in Sinhala neo-nationalism is sourced in and a reaction to the Government’s triple policies of economic neoliberalism, Northern (and Geneva) appeasement and quasi-federalization, and the displacement and defrauding of the Southern Opposition. 

I would like to see the TNA take a stand against the Northern Provincial Council’s Education Minister Sarveshwaran’s outrageous conduct. Dr. Sarveshwaran, Suresh Premachandran’s brother, refused to unfurl the Sri Lankan flag, saying he didn’t recognize it because it stands for the notion of Sri Lanka as a Sinhala Buddhist state.

Now this being a democracy (unlike ‘Tamil Eelam’), he is entitled to his point of view and to fight for a modification of the flag, but this being a State with a written Constitution, he is not entitled to practice this view and hold office in a sub-state unit. It wouldn’t be tolerated even in a federal state, starting with India and Pakistan, leave alone a unitary state with devolved powers, specially a mere eight years after a Thirty Years War ended in a crushing victory for the State.

The Government must ask the Chief Minister to remove Sarveshwaran or must dissolve the Council if the Chief Minister refuses. If the Yahapalana government and its Governor fail to take action, then the voters should add that to the bill at the local government election and all future ones. Accountability is not only judicial and not only to Geneva; it is political and to the sovereign citizen-voters of Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan armed forces didn’t make the colossal sacrifices it did, to have a Northern Minister of Education refuse to honor the Sri Lankan flag.   

The obvious question arises as to what would happen, to what extent Tamil politicians would go, if the Northern and Eastern Provincial Council is conferred greater executive and legislative powers as UNP-TNA bloc seeks through a new Constitution. Ranging from Wigneswaran’s “Genocide” NPC resolution, right up to his appointee Sarveshwaran’s atrocious conduct, the evidence is incontrovertible and ample, that there should be no devolution beyond the 13th Amendment in this generation (while 13A must still stand structurally, for geopolitical reasons).

Furthermore, devolution of power over land should not be enhanced, and a moratorium should be imposed on the implementation of the grant of Police powers. The grant of such powers must be explicitly linked to a decade of moderate, constructive and responsible political behavior on the part of the Northern Provincial Council.   

The correct liberal notion that the Tamil moderates should be strengthened undergoes an Alice in Wonderland type of surreal conversion in Yahapalana Sri Lanka. At its obvious level, the most moderate Tamil leader and politician around has long been Douglas Devananda, but no one talks of strengthening him. No matter, let us admit that the name of the game is to strengthen the moderates within the Tamil nationalist mainstream, and that means the TNA or its present leadership.

Where the craziness comes in is that nobody talks of similarly strengthening or even accommodating the moderates in the Sinhala nationalist mainstream. These moderates would obviously be the JO and its leaders, Mahinda, Dinesh et al. Who else could it be? The JVP with five seats? Then why not strengthen Douglas and the EPDP instead of Sampanthan, Sumanthiran and the TNA? If the logic is that Sampanthan heads the TNA which has the votes in the North, then the obvious counterpart would be Mahinda. Instead, Mahinda is deprived of the leadership of the Opposition and it is given to the TNA, while he, his family and supporters are legally targeted.

This absurd formula for reconciliation is based on the liberal prejudice that the Tamil nationalists are good guys and the Sinhala nationalists are villains; Sampanthan and Sumanthiran should be boosted, but Mahinda and Dinesh should be marginalized. One reason is that the Tamil nationalists have historically been allies of the UNP, the West and India, while the Sinhala nationalist mainstream and its moderate leaders are nobody’s stooges or class allies. The other is that Chandrika dominates North-South ‘reconciliation’ policy and regards the TNA as an ally while the Rajapaksas are seen as rivals for control of the SLFP.

Meanwhile it was most amusing to see Mr. Sampanthan of the TNA ascending to his full moral height in the Budget debate and making an impassioned oratorical appeal to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, while sitting in (rising from) the seat that rightfully belongs to Mahinda and which Mr. Sampanthan has no moral (or arithmetical) right to occupy—that of the Leader of the Opposition. Mahinda was gentle, and gentlemanly enough, not to point that out. 

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    I did not read the full article , but judging by the title is this about an intercourse position?

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      Dear Dayan, the act of the Tamil minister of NPC in refusing to raise the Srilanka national flag denotes the underlying frustration of Tamil community due to the government not fulfilling the promises given to Tamils at the Presidential election. If the government cannot constitute a war crimes inquiry or grant sharing of power and territory to Tamils immediately, it could have acted on other matters such as releasing of lands occupied by armed forces, either releasing all political prisoners or at least filing court proceedings against them, and giving information about those who were arrested by security forces and are missing. There is no tangible progress on these other than empty gestures. Not even that, atrocities are continuing against Tamils where people are getting arrested or killed and their lands appropriated with settling outsiders to alter demographic pattern, and building of Buddhist Vihares in north where there are no Buddhists living. There should be something radically wrong with the legal system in Srilanka, where AG’s department is taking action against the NPC minister in double quick time, when the same department is lethargic in filing action against Tamil prisoners who are in custody for more than ten years. Please remember if the government does not pull itself up and grant justice to the suffering of Tamils, there will be several people who will refuse to raise the Srilanka flag in the future. By the way why is this fuss of not raising the flag, when several Srilanka flags have been burnt by Tamils in in foreign countries in the past, over which the Srilanka government could do nothing about.

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        LOL LOL LOL LOL
        the so called underlying frustration of Tamil community is not a result of any promises not fulfilled by the government but the inherent extremely tribal tamil racism. Every race is racist to some extent except few. There is a few who has even exceeded the normal limits of RACISM and are in fact fascist. Tamil nationalism falls to that category like Hiltler’s Nazism.
        No other race can support a megalomaniac like Prabhakaran for 30 years otherwise.
        This government much like Ranil in 2002 is bending backwards to satisfy tamil egos. After killing and spending money to kill people in this country for 30 consecutive years, you are sad your killer got killed! That is your problem, all this war crime bla bla bla is a result of your bruised egos. You hate the fact the INFERIOR STUPID Sinhalese killed the SUPERIOR INTELLIGENT tamil killer. You never ever thought that will happen, but it happened damaging your ethnic ego. This is the problem you have nothing else.
        Why should any legitimate government accept allegations thrown by the very people who supported LTTE terrorism and target their own legitimate army who delivered peace to that country?
        Why should any government accept allegations for which there is NO ANY EVIDENCE? Just to satisfy the tamil egos?

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          Since independence Sinhalese embarked on a program of making Srilanka a mono ethnic and mono religious Sinhala Buddhist state. We were told as far back in 1956 that Indian Tamils will be deported to India, Srilanka Tamils will be driven into Jaffna peninsula and kept under check surrounded by army camps and the rest of the Island to be colonised by Sinhalese. This is exactly what happened over the last 70 years after independence. Continuing settlement of Sinhalese in Tamil areas at a time when displaced Tamils are languishing in Srilanka and India, and refusal to remove army camps from civilian lands is part and parcel of this phenomenon. This is a racist method of ethnic cleansing of Tamils which the government is still carrying on. It is the Sinhalese who wanted to impose their language on Tamils and not the other way about. It is the Sinhalese who are denying the presence of Tamils in the island, claiming that they are the original inhabitants and sole rulers of the country despite evidence to the contrary. It is the Sinhalese who had shelved the universal principle of merit and had practiced racial discrimination against Tamils in education and employment. It is the Sinhalese, who while sheltering Sinhala criminals do not hesitate to take into custody innocent Tamils. Please remember the victory was against LTTE and not against Tamils, and the final winners in this conflict will be Tamils. It is sad that while white man’s racism is skin deep, Sinhala racism is soul deep.

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            Sankaralingam
            In order to form a Tamil Homeland +50% Tamils (Tamil speaking people) presently living in Sinhala majority provinces should be prepared to relocate into North East.
            The moment the contours of the Tamil Homeland is defined the rest of the island becomes Sinhala Homeland and we do not want any Tamils in the Sinhala Homeland.
            Soma

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              Soma, nothing seems to get into your head due to your racist mind set. You are unable to get the point that it is only indigenous Tamils who are demanding their homeland and not Tamils of recent Indian origin. 90% of Tamils living outside north and east are Tamils of recent Indian origin while 90% of Tamils who are indigenous are still living in their homeland. You are trying to distort the truth to suit your agenda. Your statement that you do not want any Tamils in Sinhala homeland smacks of your racist thinking as do you hear of any western countries saying that they do not want any Sinhala immigrant there. Tamils migrated to the south in search of employment as from the time of the British, all administrative and economic activity was in the south. If you shift the seat of administration and economic centres to Tamil homeland, I am sure that most of the Tamils will go there. Did not Tamils migrate for political and economic reasons to west, leaving the land where they lived for generations.

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                Sankaralingam
                So you are categorically saying that TNA represents only those Tamils excluding those who practice Christianity and Islam and those who arrived during the British?
                Soma

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              somass

              In order to cleanse this island we may have to consider deporting you and your fellow Sinhala/Buddhist fascists back to your ancestral homeland South India.

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            The Sri Lankan governments were not perfect, but the worst of the government cannot match with Tamil politicians racism….the gover’s action was more of a reaction to Tamil racist politics coming from North.

            It was in 1939, GG Ponna asked for 50-50

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        Those tamil prisoners are accused of war crimes. They have killed 30+ prisoners. Do you want them to be released as political prisoners?

        Granting justice to so called suffering Tamils ( Tamils suffer because of their own actions not because of us) and bending backwards to satisfy Tamil egos is two things

        We know you do not respect our flag. We have no issue with that, our problem is what this gov is going to about it. What the tamil racists in foreign soil do is not our concern. We just make sure they dont enter SL again

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          Sach
          If they have committed any crime, they should be charged and tried.
          Why has that not happened for years now?
          No inquiry, no charge, no trial but only suspicion. That too is not specific.
          Killers once belonging to the LTTE and the JVP and still in the ruling parties are roaming free.

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            The intel has already established but we require more evidence to establish it in a court of law

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    Dayan is a complete mutt who will say anything to bring back the biggest pariah this country has ever seen………..Mahinda Rajapaksa! This fellow Dayan has no interest in this country. These fellows live by spreading poison in the country. None of these fellows care whether this beautiful land goes to the dogs or not. [Edited out]

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      woof woof brays the donkey of Eelam past. brraaah brrahhh barks the Elephant of Eelam present.. Eelam mutts bye bye.

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    DJ is getting desperate pure and simple!

    What exactly does those spurious fool contest on the Speech that Sampanthan made to MR?

    Sampanthan is the Opposition leader because he is the leader of the next largest party. Is this difficult for this fool to understand?

    Has MR resigned from SLFP?

    Has MR formed a new party that commands more MPs?

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      Burning Issue

      Dayan the public racist takes 64 positions all at the same time. Today he is repeating what he typed in 2015. This smart ass patriot has no new/fresh stock to sell therefore he needs Sambandan’s recent speech to type something to stay in limelight.

      He failed to understand Sampandan’s sarcasm towards the clan hora chief during most of his speech.

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    I heard Maharajana saying Ranil – Baba; I thought I would be caught. Now, you are caught. Go and stay home.

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    Dayan,

    Your expertise is just in conscienceless word-smithing!

    What you want to rationalize as “the rise in neo-nationalism,” blaming it on your newly discovered tri-factors, is no different from how you justified in 2010 as the rightful celebration of the militaristic massacre of hundreds of thousands of defenseless citizens. You then tried to provide some respectability to that vile extremist nationalistic mockery as rooted in majoritarian aspirations, the neo-nationalism of that time. You went so low as to fraudulently equate that to the protest against apartheid in South Africa that made your PhD conferring Alma Mater cringe in shame!

    You guys are never shy to find these lame excuses and explain as rise in neo-nationalism, what is inherently your vile, never-diminishing racial extremism and hatred, that has no remedy as history has proved again and again.

    How about Banda’s Sinhala-only proclamation irreparably breaking the fundamental principal of constitutionally guaranteed equality, thus paving the way for the once-proud pearl of the orient to the current pariah status. We are now FX-depended on, and are globally known for, sending wives, mothers, sisters and daughters to wash Arab backs – all thanks to Banda-invented neo-nationalism of that time that decimated our proud education system, a system produced globally sought-after world-class doctors, engineers, lawyers and accountants. Have you learnt anything from that rise in the then neo-nationalism?

    Neo-nationalism! My foot!!

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    Trump okays neo-nationalism. That is the new United States of White America. So why not Ceylon eh? Why not? Why the hell should minorities want to start wars again? Trump’s America is all about Christian values and NEO NATIONALISM to its core. Get on with it. Screw off with your liberal pathetic appeasement. Those days of CBK’s on again off again wars did not do diddly squat. MR-GR-SF wiped out LTTE. Get over it Eelam Dingos

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      VaginalP,

      You got it all back words dearie!

      More than half a century before Trump, it was Banda who more-than-okayed the “neo-nationalism” – a sugar coating for evil majoritarianism! We have empirical proof of the likely consequence of such foolish racism masquerading as (Neo) Nationalism.

      Well, if you are happy, your wives are happy, your daughters are happy, your sisters are happy and your mothers are happy – that’s all that matters — I am sure the Arabs are happy!!

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    Whatever happened to Dr Dayan J’s fervent belief that the Tamils should have been given Eelam?

    Any chance of that being resurrected?

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    DJ criticising an elected Tamil politician not toeing the Sinhala line reiterates the Sinhala majoritarianism position of DJ and his ilk. Tamils cannot breathe without permission from the Sinhala majority.

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    the so called underlying frustration of Tamil community is not a result of any promises not fulfilled by the government but the inherent extremely tribal tamil racism. Every race is racist to some extent except few. There is a few who has even exceeded the normal limits of RACISM and are in fact fascist. Tamil nationalism falls to that category like Hiltler’s Nazism.
    No other race can support a megalomaniac like Prabhakaran for 30 years otherwise.
    This government much like Ranil in 2002 is bending backwards to satisfy tamil egos. After killing and spending money to kill people in this country for 30 consecutive years, you are sad your killer got killed! That is your problem, all this war crime bla bla bla is a result of your bruised egos. You hate the fact the INFERIOR STUPID Sinhalese killed the SUPERIOR INTELLIGENT tamil killer. You never ever thought that will happen, but it happened damaging your ethnic ego. This is the problem you have nothing else.
    Why should any legitimate government accept allegations thrown by the very people who supported LTTE terrorism and target their own legitimate army who delivered peace to that country?
    Why should any government accept allegations for which there is NO ANY EVIDENCE? Just to satisfy the tamil egos?

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      such,

      I understand your total frustration! The Sinhala Buddhist agenda has been from the outset to promote and perpetuate the Sinhala Buddhist hegemony and Tamil resolve to self-assert is the obstacle!

      Mate, you project utter hypocrisy beyond description. Since 1948 the Sinhala Buddhists single handedly bastardised the 1948 constitution to suit their whim and fancy.
      How did this happen without your inward tribal insecurity?
      Who made the national language Sinhala and pushing Tamil and English as secondary?
      Who systematically purged the minorities from the state employments?
      Who formulated and enacted two constitutions eschewing the clause 29, minority protection, and introducing prominence to Buddhism without consulting with the minorities?

      such, please grow up; you are not qualified to talk about tribalism and racism!

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        What is wrong in Sinhalese trying to have hegemony in Sinhala homeland?
        That is Sinhala’s natural right much like Tamils have right to have hegemony in TN

        The Sinhala or governments simply reacted to Tamil tribal racism. It was the racist Tamil politicians who started these things first because of Tamil tribalism

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        I am not frustated, I am happy. Because tamils themselves are destroying the most TAMIL APPEASING GOVERNMENT that came to power ever..we like that

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    As a Sinhalese, I do NOT EXPECT reconciliation with Tamils. We can have reconciliation with a people who have any respect for others. Tamils do not have capacity to do that. Their only thing in life is TAMIL ME AND Tamil that. If Any Tamil here is thinking that Sinhalese are dying to reconcile with them cos they have nothing else to do, please correct your thinking it is NOT SO.
    What should Sinhalese do?
    Forget about reconciliation. Just bring methods to strengthen your position in the country. 24/7 surveillance into Norwegian embassy and if possible keep a separate CID profile on them.
    Deport every NGO from Sri Lanka. No foreign embassies in North and no trips to foreigners in North
    If Jaffna Uni starts trouble, close it for 3-4 months and destroy it step by step
    Cancel visa to every tamil from west and TN
    Implement Israel type solution. That is the only way

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      Bravo such! Way to go mate!

      One thing is certain that is you are totally incorrigible!

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      Well said sach!

      You seems to a very intelligent guy to think of all this.

      Please, please, please tell your regime to do all what you said above and see the consequences. It is the fastest and shortest track to separation. Do you think the Tamils around the globe will be looking at all that and play music? Do you think the UN and the International community will be looking at all that and applaud the Sinhala regime? Please do it, the Tamils will love it.

      Please take care of your brains and come up with more and more of such great ideas.

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        It is possible to do that…..it is possible…we have finished a war and killed your Prabha when uncle Solheim was running here with so called co chairs

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        The Tamils around the globe cannot do anything. They can only cry if we reject VISA..The fact that brits had to wait until yahapalana idiots come to ask to lift the ban on LTTE front orgs speaks volumes about their potential in SL.

        I am talking about things we can very well do.., SL government specially MR knows very well how to manage India….

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      We don’t care whether you expect reconciliation with Tamils. Very soon you and your racist fellow travellers will be frog marched by the international community to do so. If you have guts do not hide, and give your comments in your own name, though you have the habit of hiding under the bed in the past at the drop of the word LTTE You are a fool to say that Norwegian embassy to be kept under surveillance, when in fact all embassies are kept under surveillance. Ask UK high commission about it and they will say that no diplomat could travel more than 10 miles from their post without informing foreign Office and getting permission to do so. Even if you have CID to monitor, they cannot enter the premises or even open the mail bag of a foreign embassy. If Srilanka closes embassy branches in Jaffna, then Srilanka will be asked to close their branches also, like Madras and Bombay in India, Los Angeles in USA. Do not come out with your stupid thoughts. The world is watching what is happening and will not wait indefinitely allowing Sinhalese to dance about.

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        Sankaralingam,what is this international community you are talking about.? The effing Tamil diaspora who bank rolled Prabakaran.? Well keep on dreaming. Your saviour Sirisena is on his way out and no future SRI Lankan govt will pay any attention to the racist mob who call themselves the Tamil Diaspora or would like to believe that they are some imaginary international community.

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          The so called tamil diaspora can do NOTHING….it is Norway who is acting against SL behind USA

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      Sach,
      Your suggestion is good if we have a terrorist problem in the country but what we have right now is a fully internationalized civil issue and the present day TNA is considered by the world as a very moderate political party willing to compromise (come down) from their previous separate state stand to the present federal state. If there is no terrorism (LTTE), the Tamils are always at an advantage because the UN, US and the Western world always supports the underdog. Today, the entire world knows that there is a Tamil issue in Sri Lanka. They will continue to haunt us and will not let us live in peace unless we solve this problem.

      The Rajapakshe regime tried all what you said above and failed, the entire western world not only isolated Sri Lanka but gave them a very hard time at Geneva, finally making sure that they lose the election. We cannot purely depend on China because they have a different hidden agenda.

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        Continued from above…

        People like Dayan Jayatilleka are selfish opportunists who are trying to take maximum advantage of this situation to destabilize the present regime and bring back their Masters, the power hungry dictators (Rajapakshes) to power just for the sake of a few bones (perks). It is not for the sake of the country, these people are not smart but pseudo-patriots.

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        The rajapaksas played the game right and that is why US wanted the Rajapaksas out and installed yahaps idiots.
        Rajapaksa’s plan need to be more refined. That is all. When you are a country, you have to take a risk and fight internal interventions..
        I am not suggesting massacring tamils, but taking tamil nationalism out of SL

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        LOL Tna has nothing to do other than coming down. If they dont they lose the right to even exist. Dropping separatism is a MUST from their point of view.

        TNA is not treated as a moderate political party only this stupid RW government is saying so.

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    Some comments here show that the language/religion divide is still a very effective cloak to mask other problems.
    No wonder Dayan is able to stay relevant.

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      KP
      Why wouldn’t the Tamil leaders who know the name of the game and the harm it does to resolving the national question address the real issues of the Tamils rather than passing silly resolutions and pleading to the imperialists?
      *
      Every brand of parochial politics feeds every other brand.

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      Wiggie and TNA is able to stay relevant

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