27 May, 2019

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Only A Complete Restructuring Of The Sri Lankan State Will Bring Real Peace

By Ravi Kumar

Ravi Kumar

Tamil weekly Oru Paper interviewed Ravi Kumar, a senior leader attached to British Tamils Forum. Ravi Kumar,  who has been in Tamil Politics for over 30 years, is currently the coordinator of British Tamil Forum. He was in the LTTE negotiation team which  had several rounds of Talks with Chandrika’s government in 1994. Following are the excerpts of a telephone interview with Ravi.

Oru Paper: Your recent conference which was held in the British parliamentary complex was attended by some leading figures in the Tamil Polity, both in our homeland and abroad. However, there were mixed reactions about the conference from the diaspora. Are you satisfied with the outcome of the conference and the progress on the follow ups?

Ravi: It has been organised on a timely manner as part of our strategic initiative. We want to be proactive on pushing the struggle forward rather than reactive. Since May 2009 BTF’s human rights team in partnership with other country organisations has made significant inroads globally and in UNHRC Geneva. We understand that there will be a review process in the 22nd session of UNHRC which will give us an opportunity to expose further the Genocidal Sri Lankan state. We want to win friends for our struggle all around the world and elevate our just cause into the important global institutions. We have special relationship with Tamils in Tamil Nadu and other countries. A united call by the global Tamils through various responsible organisations representing 75 million Tamils would help to refocus our call for Justice.

Tamil Diaspora Organisations and Tamil political parties in Tamil Nadu and Island of Sri Lanka converged in London unanimously evolved a resolution based on a unique concept and agreed to work progressively towards the implementation of the resolution. Even after the conference, there are many organisations endorsing it. So far not a single responsible Tamil organisation spoke against it. At the initial stages some individuals tried to derail the process, but they realised the importance of such resolution in the aftermath of the conference. This is the very first time since May 2009 we brought all the Tamil diaspora organisations and most of the Tamil Political parties in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam on a united platform.

We are putting lot of resources and time to follow up the resolution especially in Tamil Nadu because India is going to play a vital part in the forthcoming UNHRC session and in future. Tamil Nadu is an important partner to knock the doors of other states of India. We can see very interesting developments in India. We are hopeful that our call for Justice will open the doors of many powerful institutions and individuals there.

Oru Paper: Is the BTF still a member organisation of Global Tamil Forum?

Ravi: Yes and we were always supportive of their projects implemented in consultation and agreement with BTF.
BTF is one of the founder member organisations of GTF. We see GTF as an important globally recognised institution representing the Diaspora and it should continue to play a vital role taking our struggle forward with the support of the grassroots organisations including BTF and others around the world.  We should not deviate from the founding principles of this global institution.  Individuals may change but this institution will continue to serve the people until we have the freedom and justice that our people deserve.

We feel that GTF could be reformed to be much more open and accommodating the views of country organisations.

Oru Paper: If you are still a member organisation, does BTF participate in GTF’s decision making process?

Ravi: Unfortunately the answer is “NO”. To answer this question it is important to go back to post Mullivaikkal period and recollect our memories so that how the need of a global Tamil institution gave birth to the formation of GTF and started spearheading our struggle in an atmosphere of defeatism. In fact, those who participated in the World Tamil conference held in London in March 2009 organised by BTF started the initiative after May 2009. In 2009 BTF as one of the largest Diaspora organisation was instrumental in bringing 14 country organisations together to form GTF. In the formation stage, the spirit binding many grassroots organisations together was overwhelming. GTF, according to the vision of the founding member country organisations and constitution is not a top down organisation. It doesn’t have an executive Presidency or any other office bearer to make his/her own decision. Each member organisation need to provide a Director representing the country organisation’s view in the GTF Board which will run the day to day business. Country Director has to consult with his organisation before giving his consent to any major decision or project.

This is not the case since 2010 onwards. We sincerely tried to resolve this matter within the GTF board without being outspoken or hindering their on-going initiatives. We are still trying to engage with existing country organisations in GTF, not just for BTF but to bring the original founder member organisations back in GTF. We believe in democratic principles and transparency. We very clearly understand the difficulties in decision making on diplomatic issues while upholding democratic values and transparency. This shouldn’t be a stifling issue for the accommodation of number of country organisations in the GTF umbrella. We want an inclusive GTF and operate in a more democratic manner. While saying that we’ll continue to work towards the unity of the Tamil diaspora.

Oru Paper: In an interview to Oru Paper, Suren Surendiran, your representative to the Global Tamil Forum has mentioned about coming to consensus amongst Tamils and Tamil speaking people through their political and non-political representatives in the Island and in the diaspora. In this context, we understand that GTF is going ahead with announcing a ‘Common Declaration’ next month. Assuming that you are aware about this move, can we ask you to tell our readers about this declaration?

Ravi: We want to clarify the matter of BTF representation to GTF at this point. BTF is a democratic body and its National Assembly members are elected by the people from every local forum. Assembly elects the executive committee and other representatives. Two of our senior members namely Raj Vakesan and Nad Mylvaganam were unanimously elected by the assembly to represent BTF at the GTF board, but the present board has failed to accommodate them. Any formal communication between BTF and GTF has to go through this arrangement.

BTF has not been officially approached by GTF Board of directors or any individual appointed on behalf of them to consult and agree on such consensus based declaration.

Oru Paper: Do you feel that it is fair to come up with a joint declaration involving Tamil political parties in the homeland, who are subject to all sorts of harassments from the oppressive regime, for expressing their views openly?

Ravi: We in the past and present always are supportive and accommodative to the objectives and projects of many diaspora initiatives of various organisations as long as they help to advance the struggle. We will always be honest and accountable to the people waging the struggle. We as BTF cannot comment on this as we are not included in this process.

Oru Paper: In the aftermath of Mullivaikal catastrophe, every Tamil group has beeni talking about democracy? As one of the grassroots organisations in the diaspora, does the BTF practice democratic principles? We are asking this because we see only a few leaders are taking serious decisions on behalf of the entire diaspora.

Ravi: I think I’ve explained how BTF operates and where it derives its mandate in one of your previous question.
It is on record that BTF is the very first organisation since May 2009, made a bold decision to restructure its decision making process by seeking democratic representations from local forums. We believe in the novel concept of “Participatory Democracy” which encourages our people not just to elect their representatives but to get involve in decision making process as well. It is a well structured democratic process. Decision making starts from the local forum representatives to National assembly members. Because this model impressed the European Tamil activists, they adopted a similar model and evolved their own constitutions to elect their representatives. Being the pioneers of institutionalising Democracy in Diaspora organisations we will work hard to impress GTF Board to move on this direction. We believe in democracy and collective decision making process. This will ensure to avoid any single point of failure.

Oru Paper: Although GTF is not implicitly spelling out the idea of a regime change; it appears that it is leaning towards forging alliances with pro west parties, such as TNA and UNP. Do you subscribe to the view that a regime change in the Island of Sri Lanka will be beneficial to the Tamils in meeting their political aspirations?

Ravi: We firmly believe that there is genocide going on in the Island of Srilanka against Tamil nation regardless of any regime. We’ve seen the history repeated since 1948. Beyond that the state and non-state institutions have become the vehicles of state genocide. When there is a need for a complete restructuring of the state and its institutions to bring real peace, true democracy and stability, we always have the question of how a regime change alone will help to bring peace and prosperity in the Island.

Our oppressed nation has always been cheated and humiliated by all the past and present regimes. We have the firm believe that we need to work with all people revolting against this tyrannical regime. Realising the importance of the civil society in the island of Sri Lanka, we advocated the dialogue with various civil society organisations to make them to understand our long standing grievances. Whoever competes to overthrow the Rajapaksa regime and replace themselves have to convince our oppressed nation what is their solution to the burning ethnic question and we expect them to have the courage to articulate now to their constituents before they approach us to form a grand coalition.

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    In my interaction with some leading lights in the diaspora in the West I notice many in prominent positions lack finesse, diplomacy and even
    a thorough knowledge of post-1950s Lankan Tamil history.”Whoever competes to overthrow the Rajapaksa regime and replace themselves have to convince our oppressed nation what is their solution to the burning ethnic question and we expect them to have the courage to articulate now to their constituents before they approach us to form a grand coalition” is not the language of someone claiming to be a leader. Regime change in Sri Lanka is the business of the majority there.
    Ravi Kumar should learn polite and diplomatic discourse from senior men like Sampanthan, Sumanthiran, N. Satyendra, Chandrahasan and others. Even Fr Emmanuel speaks more politely and in a manner generating peace and goodwill.

    Senguttuvan

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      I agree with what you say with the exception of Sumanthiran, who is a mediocre advocate and of average intellect if that. Nor is he by any means senior. He also was silent on the suffering and war crimes that Tamil people had to endure while choosing defend a Sinhala chief justice.

      You have also failed to mention any sons of the soil such Sritharan, whose family sacrificed blood and treasure with the exception of Fr Emmanuel. But, deliberately mentioned a deeply unpopular coterie of sub-par Colombo educated lawyers who could not rise to the heights of their son of the soil fathers and have abandoned the Tamil the cause.

      I would trust a son of the the soil over these people whom you call senior any day.

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        Tamil Diaspora Activist says:

        “have abandoned the Tamil the cause.”

        What is the Tamil cause?

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      Senguttuvan

      Good advice.

      I agree with you.

      Please get in touch with them and give them good bollocking.

      As a suave and sophisticated businessman you have the ability, experience and world vision to stop the Tamil Diaspora being stupid and self destructive all the time just like their Sinhala brethren.

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    Restructuring of the Sri Lankan State will be done by people of Sri Lanka who live there, if necessary.

    Not by the LTTE rump overseas who moved heaven and earth to dismember Sri Lanka heart and soul for 30 years. Ravi Kumar is one such individual. BTF is one such organisation.

    Spare Sri Lanka of your uninvited solutions. Thanks!

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      Ben Hurling

      “Restructuring of the Sri Lankan State will be done by people of Sri Lanka who live there, if necessary.”

      I hate to agree with you.

      However it can only be done my people after expatriating the Sinhalese and Tamil descendants of North/South Indian origin back to where they originally belong to, any part of India.

      The sixty odd years since independence, building a monolithic Sinhala/Buddhist Ghetto based on Mahawamsa myth in the island cannot be reversed over night. First the Sinhala/Buddhist mindset needs to be restructured before the state.

      The way things are at the moment, soon there will be no one left to restructure the island anyway.

      Had the state, its rulers and their followers behaved themselves as fellow human being, void of any saffron clad machination and enjoying authentic “liberal democracy” there would have not been any reason for people like Ravi Kumar and his fellow Sinhala brethren to leave the country in the first place.

      So Ben Hur (hope you are not related to Charlton Heston) first you create your Utopian “liberal democracy” then invite these people to come back to this island live happily ever after.

      Even Sinhala/Buddhist terrorists Somawansa and Gunaratna, arsonist Dutta Gamini, Chandrika, DIG Udugampola, Tamil terrorists VP and KP, Amirthalingam,……. and hundreds of thousand of people sought sanctuary in foreign countries. Most went back after making noises here and there.

      Ben Hur says:

      ” Not by the LTTE rump overseas who moved heaven and earth to dismember Sri Lanka heart and soul for 30 years.”

      Sri Lanka never had a heart nor a soul, and there was/is nothing to be dismembered, only self inflicted destruction. However what the island has is 20 million people all of them are irredeemably stupid.

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        Dear Native Vedda, you are delighted to call the Tamils and the Sinhalese “stupid people”, but you have no suggestion for them to get smarter. If you have no solution, please keep your comments to yourself, because we already know what you have been writing in every comment. You are not compel to make a comment, because you are not getting paid, plus nobody is asking you to comment.

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          Antany Peter

          I get it, finally that we have a forum to let loose our frustrations under the guise of comments, you suddenly appear from nowhere wanting to keep our mouth shut as if you are the appointed authority to police this forum.

          Freedom of speech is my birth right as long as CT allows me to write here I will continue to do so.

          I detect a little bit of racism on your approach to my people. How dare you tell a native vedda to keep one’s comment to oneself. If you don’t like it ignore it. I am not here to convert you or force you to read all my comments. You are not obliged read them all. My advice to you is please feel free to ignore me.

          You say:

          ” you are delighted to call the Tamils and the Sinhalese “stupid people”

          If I am not delighted then something wrong with me.
          How would you describe them otherwise? This is the only thing most commentators agree with me. Tell me one good reason why Tamils and Sinhalese are not stupid. I can give you 20 million reason as to why they are.

          Does the hat fit you?

          “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet.

          I completely agree with him.

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            Yes freedom of speech is your birth right and you can enjoy it, as long as you call the Tamils and the Sinhalese as stupid people. Why don’t you go to Australia or Canada to find out about the treatment of the Aboriginal people then write something about it, then only you will come to know about your freedom of speech and birth right in every detail. You are living in illusion, until you understand this reality we can’t help you.

            Until you visit Australia or Canada why don’t you do some research about Julian Assange and Bradley Manning and find out what happened to their freedom of speech and birth right.

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              Antany Peter

              Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are contributing to preserve much cherished freedom of speech in their own little ways.

              Just because their rights are restricted by few states do you want me to shut up and get on with my life. Freedom is my life and I will live it to the full.

              Please name an alternative adjective with which to describe stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese fully.

              Your advice:

              “Why don’t you go to Australia or Canada to find out about the treatment of the Aboriginal people then write something about it”

              Please don’t insult them. They are much more capable than you imagine. They fight their own fight let me do ours. They don’t need me nor do they want yours.

              You say:

              “You are living in illusion, until you understand this reality we can’t help you.”

              What is your point if there is one?

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            If Canada is trying to push Sri Lanka out of the Commonwealth then four other countries are behind Canada. Have you ever heard the Five Eyes? The US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are called five eyes. They named their powerful countries as the “United” States of America and “United” Kingdom, because they know the value of “UNITED” and the the benefits of “DIVIDING” others. The Westerners have been drinking others’ blood and enjoying others’ resources by invading many countries, but they never fail to talk about democracy or human rights. Nevertheless, the days are fast approaching, they will cry for generations. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said this week that the global economic and strategic centre-of-gravity continues to move east. As economic and political analysts, we will make sure that the East become the economic powerhouse. We will not allow the Aussies and Kiwis to rule us in our backyard forever. This is Australasia, our backyard, this is not Australeurope, not the Europe’s backyard. There is no greater shame than rule by others in our backyard who are less than 1% of our population.

            As for me, there is no greater achievement than breaking the minority’s 700 years of dominant power, and placing the majority Asians in the frontline.

            I’d rather be hated for my smartness than loved for my stupidity – Antany Peter.

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              Antany Peter:

              “I’d rather be hated for my smartness than loved for my stupidity – Antany Peter.”

              I love you for your stupidity. How can we hate a person who is stupid because he/she needs unlimited support.

              How can people not hate a person who is full of himself?

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            Sri Lankans will get smarter, when that happen your comment will be blocked, like the smart Chinese are doing. I can’t predict the Tamils, they can be fooled easily by the Indians and Westerners. The Tamils’ future is not looking good.

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              Antany Peter says:

              “Sri Lankans will get smarter”

              They have never been and they will never be. Mark my word, rather read my lips.

              “when that happen your comment will be blocked, like the smart Chinese are doing.”

              If the Sinhalese and Tamils want to remain stupid that is fine with me. Chinese are learning and one day they will come around to accept the importance of free speech and exchange of ideas.

              If you do not like people to have freedom of speech I suggest you migrate to China in case they need you to advise them on censorship. When you go please take all your like minded Sri Lankies with you.

              “I can’t predict the Tamils, they can be fooled easily by the Indians and Westerners.”

              So can be the Sinhalese because both share the same DNA.

              “The Tamils’ future is not looking good.”

              So is Sinhalese’s future.

              I feel sorry for both the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese.

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    Go on dream on,ever going to happen only solution total break up sinhala and tamils live in their own land. sinhala budhism evil and barbaric never going let tamils live in peace….good for sinhala and tamils….

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    [ In the aftermath of Mullivaikal catastrophe, every Tamil group has been talking about democracy? ]

    Before the Mullivaikal, what did Tamils have in Wanni, was it not Democracy ?

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      Jim Softy

      “Before the Mullivaikal, what did Tamils have in Wanni, was it not Democracy ?”

      Are you being serious?

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    Brilliant interview.

    On behalf of inhabitants I like to thank this reporter for bringing the best of this big knob of the GTF.

    Wonder whether ,this newspaper ORU will give permission for a Sinhala translation for the benefit of our great majority of the inhabitant population, who are not up to speed with the Queen’s dialect.

    This translation will be compulsary or rather core reading for the JVP and their loyal followers in particular, because the JVP is the” advance party”and the potential infantry ( to use military jargon.) to effect Regime Change.

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      K.A Sumanasekera

      “Wonder whether ,this newspaper ORU will give permission for a Sinhala translation”

      Did you mean BORU?

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    BTF says it is for Tamils and our rights, So should Ravi Kumar and Surendran of BTF give interviews to Oru Paper, an outright communalist paper? Let me recall what was written in an editorial when I was made Vice Chancellor of University of Jaffna:

    “[T]here are a few Christians who are unable to reconcile their minds to the fact that they had deserted the religion of their forefathers. This grievance they carry against the whole community. The Hoole brothers[…],Lakshman Kadirgamar [Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister murdered by the LTTE] and D.B.S. Jeyaraj of Canada [a well-respected journalist] belong to this category. As for Ratnajeevan Hoole as Vice-Chancellor of Jaffna University, this much has to be said. HE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ROAM FREE IN JAFFNA’S TAMIL HINDU SOCIETY, PARTICULARLY IN THE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS WHERE THERE IS A SAIVA TEMPLE ” [Emphasis as in the original].”

    Oru Paper (Editorial), “Who is this man called Ratnajeevan H. Hoole? Here is an introduction to the man inside out!” Friday April 7, 2006.

    That is, Christians are Tamil traitors deserving death, Jaffna is Hindu and not multicultural, and Christians walking on campus pollutes the temple!

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      S.R.H. Hoole

      Was Boru paper angry with VP that he didn’t ethnically cleansed Christians?

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      I heard, during the Mrs. B’s time when she was the prime minister, Jaffna Tamils wanted the Jaffna University to be a Hindu (Hindu Only) University.

      I think, Some Tamils were against Standardization based on provinces because that sent Kilinochchi and Batticaloa Tamils to the University.

      Then, even Tamil low castes and high castes were room mates in the University, low castes were treated as low castes whether they were room mates or girl friends.

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      S.R.H, Do you know that Oru Paper is owned and edited by Christians?

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        Rahavan says:

        “S.R.H, Do you know that Oru Paper is owned and edited by Christians?”

        I was under the impression that BORU paper is owned and edited by right wing Saiva, Vellala, caste conscious, Jaffna Tamil.

        Sorry I am misinformed.

        Are you saying that BORU paper is owned and edited by right wing Christian, Vellala, caste conscious, Jaffna Tamil?

        Please put me out of my misery.

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          BORU paper is neither owned by Christians nor by Vellala.

          From their writings can’t you understand that they are suffering from inferiarity complex.

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            James

            “From their writings can’t you understand that they are suffering from inferiarity complex.”

            If so is it owned by stupid Tamils?

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        I seriously doubt that an educated Christian would be so undignified as to write that Christians should not walk on the campus of Jaffna University having a temple. The idea is very Hindu and not at all Christian and relies on the belief that the bodies of Christians and Mohammadans issue “bad smelling particles” (R.T.H. Griffith, T.B. Griffith and P. Tice, The Vedas: with Illustrative Extracts, Christian Literature Society, Madras, 1892). These Christians running Oru Paper, if our writer Rahavan is indeed truthful, are welcome to believe they are polluting but as for me, “No thanks.”

        Moreover, it is a well known phenomenon that minorities internalize the ideas of the majority, sometimes to belong (Uncle Tom). Thus Jaffna Christians to be identified as high caste in a milieu that puts them down as low caste, behave in strange ways – a phenomenon well studied in Jaffna men (Hindu and Christian) who travelled to Madras in the nineteenth century where it was presumed that they were all low-caste because they were from across the seas. Once in Madras they added the caste title Pillai after their names to claim a high-caste status for themselves (Arumugam Pillai, Thamotharampillai).

        At other times they internalize the ideas of those in power for gain – like businessmen and, indeed, Douglas Devananda who repeated the President’s claim that not one civilian was killed in Mullivaikal. Douglas being Tamil no more makes his Mullivaikal claim any truer, than does the editors of Oru Paper being Christian makes what they write about polluting Christians accurate, decent or gentlemanly.

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      Hoole dont get panicked

      BTF and GTF are just LAGO game.

      This is a family business.

      BTF Ravi Kumar’s sister is married to GTF Suren Surendran’s brother.

      This family is just fooling the diaspora Tamils.

      Oru Paper is sponsored by certain eliments with a purpose.

      Those who are working for the Oru paper are all unprofessional writers but not journalists.

      So dont give any importance neither to BTF nor GTF nor to Oru paper.

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        Kumar

        “Oru Paper is sponsored by certain eliments with a purpose.”

        Go on please give us details of the elements and their purpose.

        “This family is just fooling the diaspora Tamils”

        The Diaspora Tamils must be really stupid to be easily fooled.

        “So dont give any importance neither to BTF nor GTF nor to Oru paper”

        Whom do you support?

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    Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Till superannuation this superhuman, super suffused with anti Hindu vitriol and anti vellala venom will spew out poison. Where is the space for maths and science?

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      Most people who think would be embarrassed by the anti-Christian, caste-based sentiments expressed by Oru Paper in its editorial. Those who identify with those sentiments will gloat and glory in it and even retransmit the editorial (as New York’s Ilankai Tamil Sangam did in http://www.sangam.org).

      But Chanakya thinks pointing out caste-based attacks is using anti-Hindu vitriol and being anti-Vellala. Chanakya is fine with Oru paper using all kinds of put-downs on Christians. But he holds even a mild protest to be communalist. (I see a parallel with the Rajapaksas killings thousands of Tamils and then convening a special PSC to combat religious and racial extremism.)

      The real Chanakya taught politics at Takshashila. Thus it seems that this Chanakyan has correctly chosen a pseudonym for himself so that he can drip from his mouth his anti-Christian dribble in safe anonymity while he pretends to be a gentleman (like the Rajapaksas).

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    Ravi Kumar answered;

    ” to This is the very first time since May 2009 we brought all the Tamil diaspora organisations and most of the Tamil Political parties in Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam on a united platform.”

    Are you people going to establish TAMIL EELAM in TAMIL NAADU or elsewhere???,
    because Tamils in Sri lanka not asking for a another APAYAM like V P and his clan including your sponsors like india, given.
    the Sri Lankan Tamils have dignity and they know that you guys did a grate betrayal for them and destroyed their bright future.

    YOU PEOPLE LET THEM TO WALK NAKED IN FRONT OF THE SECURITY FORCES IN MULAITHIEU.
    BECAUSE OF YOU CHEATERS,AND JARAPASSA AND CLAN WITH SOME TAMILS BETRAYED AND STRIPED THEIR DIGNITY.

    SO YOU JACKALS, VULTURES WANTED ONLY THE POUND OF FLESH, AND YOU GOT IT.

    PLEASE LET SRI LANKA’S TAMILS LIVE IN PEACE.
    NOT IN PIECES.
    once AGAIN DO NOT TRY TO BETRAY THEM .
    THEY SUFFERED ENOUGH, AND THAT IS MORE THAN ENOUGH.
    BE THEY ARE HINDUS, CHRISTIANS OR BUDDHISTS,
    DO NOT TRY TO CHEAT THEM, AND WE SRI LANKANS ARE NOT GOING TO ALLOW THAT AGAIN

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    LET ME TELL YOU AGAIN,
    THE TAMILS IN SRI LANKA ARE NOT ASKING,CRYING FOR YOUR SO CALLED EEEELAAAM.
    THEY ARE CRYING AND ASKING FOR THEIR MISSING CHILDREN, HUSBANDS, BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS.

    IF POSSIBLE , YOU BIG MOUTHS?
    CAN YOU GIVE THEM THEIR, MISSING CHILDREN, HUSBANDS, BROTHERS,SISTERS, MOTHERS AND FATHERS????????????????????.

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    Sooner or later BTF, GTF and other such organisations formed and run by pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora will lose steam and realize that their efforts are a waste of time and energy. They should know that waging a war against the Sri Lankan state from abroad having abandoned their home country will not help the cause of the Tamils living in Sri Lanka.

    UNHRC is a toothless world body. It can only pass resolutions against the Sri Lankan government which as usual will be brushed aside by MR. The much anticipated world sympathy for the SL Tamils will not eventuate into any concrete measures leading to the grant of meaninful devolution to the Tamils. A resolution to the Tamil problem will have to be found by the Tamils living in Sri Lanka through a meaningful dialogue with the SL government. That is not happening and I do not think it will happen anytime soon.

    The undeniable fact is that by his stupidity LTTE leader spurned the efforts of Norway, US, Japan and the EU to help find a settlement of the Tamil problem within a united Sri Lanka. India was one hundred per cent behind these countries. When these countries realized that LTTE wanted nothing but Eelam they allowed the SL government to wage an all out war to totally eliminate LTTE.

    When LTTE was finally defeated on or about 17 May 2009 the Tamil diaspora should have realized that as a defeated people the Tamils will have to find some kind of accommodation with the victorious MR government. That was not to be. Instead these very people who funded the LTTE war machine are now engaged in another destructive exercise by waging a paper war against the MR government. TNA, which until the defeat of LTTE was playing second fiddle to LTTE having remained as nominal representatives of the Tamils just in name after having accepted Tigers as the sole representatives of Tamils, is rudderless. The ageing TNA leader is incapable of finding any accommodation with a victorious government that see the Tamil problem as a terrorist problem. At the moment there is no charismatic leader who can give effective leadership to the Tamils.

    It is only wishful thinking that a regime change in Sri Lanka will pave the way for resolution of the Tamil problem. Whether UNP is voted to power or Fonseka is voted to power, any government that would replace the present MR government will do exactly the same as the Tamil problem is concerned. It is the armed struggle of the Tamils that made the past SL governments to think about accommodating the Tamils. Now that those Tamils who took up arms have been either obliterated completely or have joined the democratic stream there is no need or urgency for any Sri Lankan government to settle the Tamil problem.

    Tamils are now clamouring for Indian intervention on their behalf. LTTE killed the only Indian leader (Rajiv Gandhi) who could have forced the SL state to devolve power to the Tamils. None of the present Indian national leaders are interested in the Tamil problem. Noises that are coming from Tamil Nadu are coming from some self-centred leaders of fringe Tamil parties They do not enjoy broad based support in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalitha is not very keen on the Tamil issue. Karunanidhi will only make empty slogans. His party is a coalition partner in the present central government and he has done nothing for the SL Tamils.None of the Tamil Nadu Congress Party leaders are powerful enough or keen enough to take up the cause of the Tamils with Delhi.

    For the Tamils, the need of the hour is a new pragmatic leadership that is truly committed to find a reasonable solution of their problem by meaningful engagement with the SL government. TNA consists of people who use the Tamil problem to enter Parliament and then make emotional speeches to hoodwing the Tamils. Tamils should get rid of Sampanthans, Mavais, Sumanthirans, Premachandrans, Adaikalanathans, Sangaris, Sugus, Sitharthans and LTTE apologists like Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, if they are to turn a new page in their unfortunte history.

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    Mr. Ravi Kumar,

    Can you please undergo a brief Transparency Test?

    Question – Whether V. Prabaharan is dead? please choose one of the followings;

    1.Yes 2. No. 3. I don’t know. 4 He died but lives 5. You Know the fact is,… 5. no answer is matching the question.

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    Dear Native Veddah,

    I respond to your comment “Tamil Diaspora being stupid and self destructive all the time just like their Sinhala brethren”

    I have not given the impression anywhere the Tamil Diaspora’s services have a negative orientation. There is no TD acting in concert. There are different formations in different countries acting on their own and separately. The more influential being in the UK, Canada, Australia and spread in different European countries. This is without taking into account the TGTE which is established in all of these countries and more.

    While there are a few extremists in the TD – who continue to believe VP is alive and will come back; Eelam or Bust and so on – most are working to regain the lost rights of the Tamil Nation peacefully and along the established Parliamentary path. It is significant to note almost all of them are now agreeable to a formulae within an undivided island. A few weeks ago Fr Emmanuel was featured in a long interview with a Colombo based media outfit where he spoke of his “Sinhala brothers” “his services in Kandy for the church where he worked towards inter-racial harmony” I am disappointed this was hardly given any publicity in Sri Lanka – either in English or in the vernacular press. If Colombo Telegraph makes an effort to publish this interview I believe the cause of peace and unity will be served.

    My reading is the TD formations I have spoken of here welcome a dialogue with the State aimed at arriving at some form of sustainable and workable arrangement – beginning with the State establishing its good intentions in allowing free and fair PC elections, initially, in the Norther Province soon. While there may have been a few half-hearted efforts here and here by State actors, merely for the record, I don’t believe they are still serious about getting into a serious dialogue. Of course, we are aware – as during the last 2 Presidential Elections – when it suits their political fortunes, the ruling clique speaks directly to main players in the diaspora, which in many cases, is in camera as well. The regime cannot deny they came into arrangements with VP/the Tigers and later with Emil Kanthan and others.

    We must also recognise here some efforts made by Tamils both here and in the diaspora to build bridges with the State, which, sadly, did not achieve the desired results – yet.

    Senguttuvan

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    I’d rather be hated for my smartness than loved for my stupidity” – Antany Peter

    Sri Lanka will continue to move forward, if you say it is going backward then you do not know what is politics in the strategic location of the Indian Ocean, but listen to the foreigners who are the masters of dividing and fooling others. I have an obligation to support the President as a Sri Lankan intellectual. I do not take arms against fellow countrymen. I do not join with the foreigners to undermine fellow countrymen either. I work with fellow countrymen to change or develop the country. I lead others by my intellectuality and good deeds. Let’s ask ourselves one important question. What is the value of the Democracy and Commonwealth? The Chinese do not believe in democracy, nor part of the Commonwealth, but they are advancing much faster than us. The Westerners ruled and ripped off our country for more than 440 years, but they never done anything to eliminate the caste systems, gender inequality, and racial, language and religious discriminations. Because they knew it will continue to eat us and keep us under them forever. Furthermore, India the largest democratic country by its population created the Tamil armed groups to keep Sri Lanka under its wings. However, India also understood that letting the Tamil armed groups grow beyond its control would be detrimental to India. This is the reason Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi reached a very good political solution for the Tamils’ issues in Sri Lanka under the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement. Unfortunately the LTTE did not see what Rajiv Gandhi did, because of the Tamil diaspora. The 2002 ceasefire agreement between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan government also broken by the LTTE. A reasonable political minded person knows that Prabhakaran would not have fought against India without the help of the Westerners through the Tamil diaspora. And also Prabhakaran would not have broken the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Sri Lankan government without the help of the Westerners through the diaspora. If you can answer the following questions you will know who have most of the Tamils’ and Sinhalese’s blood on their hands. Who have been deliberately stopping the peace agreements? Who have been guiding the diaspora? Who have been fuelling “hate and bitterness” among the Tamils and Sinhalese? Who have been facilitating the funding to the LTTE, even though they had everything within their reach to stop money get transferred from the diaspora to the LTTE. The answer is Western political minds through their intelligence network. Think about the lost lives since 1987, think about the suffering since 1987, think about the lost opportunities to develop the country and people’s lives. The Westerners created bitter divisions among the Tamils, Sinhalese, and Indians through the diaspora. The Westerners act like peace makers, but they are not. They talk about democracy and human rights to fool others, in order to turn people against their own governments to destabilise the developing countries. The US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are called five eyes. They called their powerful countries as the “United” States of America and “United” Kingdom, because the know the value of “UNITED” and the the benefits of “DIVIDING” others. The truth is, the Westerners have a vital interest to divide every community and every country to rule others. There is a most ugliest face underneath their white faces, it is pure evil. Not many people have the ability to see their real face, but few of us do through our hard work and sacrifices. Ask Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, they will tell you more about the Westerners evil side. Julian Assange and Bradley Manning are Westerners, but they exposed the truth and ended up in a prison in the US and stuck inside an embassy in London, UK. Some Sri Lankans and some other Asians are backing the Westerners for their own self-centred lifestyle, they don’t care about their own people, or their motherland.

    The removal of the CJ is not something new in the world, it happens in the world, including in the United States. However, some eliments may use this opportunity to bring chaos into the country, in order to achieve their ulterior motives. Remember, few eliments were fuelling the civil war and benefited by the war, but not the Tamils or Sinhalese. We must not let that happen again. The president appointed the CJ, the 2/3 of the parliament wanted her to leave the office. If I was the CJ, I would have resigned once the parliament decided to remove me from the office. Taking this matter to the UN is not advisable. It is a new beginning for the CJ. The Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has a huge potential. She has a lot to give for the country. She must get involved in politics and bring new ideas to the table. Lets people decide whether she is worthy or not. She must not go to the UN, but go to her people and put her ideas forward, in order to develop the country. She must not go to the enemies who divide others, invade others’ countries and kill millions of people to keep themselves on top. Do not go to the devil to get justice. I encourage every Sri Lankan to bring forth good ideas to the table to develop the country. If you want to get involved in politics to help the foreigners then you will fail utterly as Sarath Fonseka. Mr Fonseka recently reiterated that he needs outside help to topple the government. I am extremely disappointed by his statement. I urge every Lankan to stop listening to the enemies who divide us, they use every opportunity to bring chaos into the country to rule us. We must understand what is missing, then find a solution within us, looking outside will create more problem and chaos than a solution. The country has been fighting for thirty years, people are free from fighting for only three years. Just wait for few more years, be patient, you all went through the bloody war for thirty years for nothing. The Sri Lankans have been suffering from the independence, due to lack of smart leadership. As intellectuals, we are sharing our ideas with the leaders to make them act wisely, it is a process it will take time. I know very well about the parliament members, can we change those MP’s mindset overnight? I am also well aware that Rajapaksa brothers are dominating the country. Does it really matter if Rajapaksa brothers are developing the country? The extremely talented Sri Lankans will continue to direct the country leaders into the right path. The President does not have an answer for everything, but he has the ability to deal with the external threats better than any other leader, this is extremely important to the country, because Sri Lanka is in a strategic location, the past, the present and the future superpowers want to influence the country. Therefore, Lets approach matters very pragmatically for sake of the innocent people who have died due to the bloody war. The Tamils are in the bottom, because of their disunity. I never seen such a unity among the Tamils as I seen among the Rajapaksa brothers. May be we need such a close family ties to overcome the Westerners’ and Indians’ divide and conquer strategy. The Indians and the Westerners can easily fool the Tamils, because of their disunity. People like us who are enlightened and committed to bring a change can’t do anything. I am isolated by the Western governments. The propaganda against me are shocking, even my family members, relatives, and friends believe the Westerners more than me. Due to my writing the Westerners do not even allow me to get a job, they did not allow me to sell my house for a profit, because they knew the money will be used to expose their evil deeds. They are keeping me in financial hardship and perfect isolation by their dirty propaganda. My fellow Tamils are keeping silence, they gave millions of dollars to the LTTE, but nobody would support me to have a website to expose the Westerners evil deeds. The Tamils are prepared to undermine their fellow Tamils, in order to cater their own self-centered lifestyles. We all know how the Tamil armed groups fought and destroyed each other, the TNA has its own agenda, the TGTE has its own agenda, Global Tamil Forum has its own agenda. They all concern about being leaders, they are not concern about the Tamils. If the TNA is leading the Tamils, then why TGTE leader call himself a Prime Minister for the Tamils? I am ashamed to call myself a Tamil. I really don’t believe the Westerners could have isolated me this much if I am a Chinese, because the Chinese are very close to each other, this is the reason the West could not invade China, or could not stop China overtaking the United States economically.

    The Westerners ruled and ripped off the Indian Subcontinent for more than 440 years, but they never done anything to eliminate the caste systems, gender inequality, and racial, language and religious discriminations. Four hundred years is very long time, at least 10-12 generations. The Westerners could have done a lot to the Indian Subcontinent, but they deliberately done little to keep the Asians under them. The Westerners have a lot to talk about the Indian Subcontinent’s failure than China’s communism, but they won’t talk about it, because it will highlight their deliberate misleading to keep the Asians under them, plus the Indian Subcontinent is not a threat to their dominant power, but China. “English are to blame for India’s backwardness” published by the Dominion Post, written by Philip Collins, on page B5, Dated January 5, 2013. The Dominion Post is one of the major newspapers in New Zealand. Not all the Westerners are naive or blind, there are people like Philip Collins who sees the Westerners’ evil side. The Indian Subcontinent has enough intellectuals to develop the Subcontinent, but the system won’t allow the intellectuals to lead. Therefore, the intellectuals leave the Subcontinent and develop the Western Countries. This system was developed by the Westerners, in order to keep the Indian Subcontinent poor and weak. We fought against the Westerners to have our freedom, but we still trust them, listen to them and run our political system according to them. This is a huge disaster. The Indians are too scared to change the manufacturing sector, because they don’t want another East India Company. However, they are happy to run a political system recommended by the Westerners. The Chinese are really smart, because they have chosen a political system to suits their culture and ideology. The Chinese did not choose a political system recommended by their enemies. We must stop listening and trusting our enemies. We must develop a system according to our culture and ideology, like the Chinese did, otherwise the Indian Subcontinent will be struggling forever. We must depart from the old system and bring some changes. Being part of the Commonwealth is only helping us to stay behind. Time for us to move forward, our policies are not helping the Indian Subcontinent to move forward as China. Am I recommending a communist system? Not at all, but we need some changes, if we come up with something good, the Indians may even consider our system in the future. We must find a way to lift the whole Indian Subcontinent. India can’t try something new, because it is too big. In India 627 million people do not have access to toilets, the Indian leaders do not even provide basic needs to their own people. The Indian leaders believe in God and democracy, they are vegetarians too, but love their bribes. Sri Lanka is a small country, and its leaders are committed to their people more than the Indian leaders, at least the Sri Lankan leaders provide access to toilets to their people. As Sri Lankans we must try something new and help the whole Indian Subcontinent, otherwise we will be betraying our future generations.

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    Senguttuvan

    I understand your sadness however as I asked you in my previous comment please get on the phone and give them both a good bollocking and then your advice.

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    Brother Antany peter, thank you for the,realistic vision & every asian must be,from tomorrow onward determine to follow-up his philosophy.

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    The government is continuously under attack by the Diaspora and the West and also by our own Singhala traitors.SriLanka is in very capable hands and President Mahinda is one of the greatest leaders Srilanka ever had and should be considered along on the same greatness as King Dutugamunu and King Prakramabahu. It is to the advantage of SriLanka to reelect him over and over again for saving the country from terrorism and from the Singhala traitors . Long live our dear leader King Mahinda the Great! Ha ha ha you anti government Jackals your face is in the mud for trying to overthrow the government over the Gonseka General and GeeRani ex Cheap Judge! Ha ha you Donkey Dicks how can you put down our King when he defeated the Army of the Fat Pig, Sun God Praba, whom the west said could never be defeated. You anti government Jackals remember the Moon dies not heed the barking of Dogs! Ha ha ha Sudu Akka signing off with malice towards none! Remember bow down before our dear leader you Morons!

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    Sudu Akka

    “Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.”
    Samuel Butler

    However, I like your comments though I am not sure whether your words are meant to convey irony or sarcasm or both.

    Could you clarify.

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    Sudu Akkey,

    Fret not. Ven. Sobitha Thero will include MRs exploits in the Addendum
    to the Mahawansa giving due prominence – with the likes of Thusta Kaimunu, Parakama Bahu (is he not a Tamil?) and the lot. Why, we are told even Kudu Mervin is moving heaven and earth to have an entire chapter on him and Malaka Putha for the services rendered to the sacred
    town of Kelaniya. Naturally, in today’s very material world nothing comes free.

    Senguttuvan

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    Many of us disagree with following claims.

    ## Ravi Kumar is a senior leader attached to British Tamils Forum.

    WHEN THE FOUNDERS LIKE DR. JEYASUNDARAM, ANOJAH, DAVID, BOASTER SUKUNTHAKUMAR, THIEF SEN KANDIAH WERE THROWN OUT OF THE BTF, RAVI KUMAR CAN BE A SCENIOR LEADER

    ## Ravi Kumar, who has been in Tamil Politics for over 30 years, is currently the coordinator of British Tamil Forum.

    HE IS IN LONDON FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS. HAVE ANY OF YOU HEARD OF RAVI KUMAR? SINCE HE WAS FIRED FROM THE LTTE BY THAMILSELVAN, HIS FAMILY INCLUDING HIS SISTER AND B.I.L. WERE ANTI LTTE.

    THEY DID LOT OF DAMAGED TO THE LTTE.

    IF YOU ARE COUNTING A SERVICE, THERE SHOULD BE CONTINUTITY.

    HE IS IN POLITICS JUST 8 YEARS WITH OF LONG DURATION OF INTERVAL.

    ## He was in the LTTE negotiation team which had several rounds of Talks with Chandrika’s government in 1994.

    THIS IS AN EXAGERATION. IF THE LTTE IS STILL IN EXISTENCES, HE WONT MAKE THIS CLAIM.

    HE WAS ONE OF THE PERSONS WHO WERE CARRYING BAGS OF THE LTTE NEGOTIATING TEAM.

    ARE THE COOKS, SERVANTS, HOUSE KEEPERS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PRESIDENT OR PRIME MINISTER’S TEAM.

    ANYONE CAN VERIFY THIS FROM MRS ADEL BALASINGAM WHO IS STILL IN LONDON.

    ADEL MAY LAUGH AT HIS CLAIMS.

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    Param

    Please summarise your rant.

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